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Public warning system coming to your cell phone

Posted: April 18, 2018

Public warning system coming to your cell phone


East St. Paul Mayor and Council would like to remind residents about enhancements to the National Public Alerting System, known as Alert Ready, and the launch of wireless public alerting in Manitoba.


Alert Ready provides Emergency Measures Organizations (EMO) with a standard alerting capability to warn the public of imminent threats to life safety through radio, cable and satellite television and websites during emergencies like tornadoes, floods and biohazards. 


On April 6, wireless public alerting capabilities were launched in Manitoba. What this means is the Alert Ready warnings will be sent to smartphones on Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks in Manitoba. 


A National Wireless Public Alerting awareness and education campaign is being conducted by Public Safety Canada and The Weather Network. This television, radio, and web information campaign will inform Canadians about Alert Ready and the wireless public alerting capabilities. Many wireless service providers have already sent text messages to their customers advising of this enhancement to the Alert Ready system. 


On compatible wireless devices, the emergency alert will begin with a distinct tone known as the Canadian Alert Attention Signal, a vibration and then the visual Emergency Alert banner will display followed by a message text. Broadcast Immediate emergency alerts sent to compatible wireless devices on LTE networks will warn the public about the danger to life safety and how to take appropriate action in the geographic broadcast area.  


Manitoba’s EMO will conduct a test of the new system on Wednesday, May 9 at 1:55 pm during National Emergency Preparedness Week.


This test, the first of its kind, is intended to create public awareness and provide broadcasters with an opportunity to ensure their public alerting equipment works as planned. 


In Manitoba, it is prohibited to use cell phones when driving. If you receive an Alert Ready warning while driving remain calm and pull off the roadway at your earliest convenience to view the alert. 


For more information on Alert Ready, go to alertready.ca



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