Emer­gency Alert Test hap­pen­ing Nov. 28

This is the sec­ond test to take place this year

Tri-County Vanguard - - NEWS - TRICOUNTY VAN­GUARD

A test of the pub­lic emer­gency alert­ing sys­tem will take place on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 28 at 1:55 p.m. This is the sec­ond test this year of the Alert Ready sys­tem, which in­cludes cell­phones.

The Alert Ready sys­tem al­lows emer­gency man­age­ment of­fi­cials to send out pub­lic alerts in times of emer­gency. Par­tic­i­pants in the na­tional sys­tem in­clude pri­vate and pub­lic broad­cast­ers, cell­phone ser­vice providers and govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“When an emer­gency hap­pens, sec­onds count. Alert Ready is one of the many tools we can use to no­tify Nova Sco­tians of an emer­gency,” says Chuck Porter, min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for the Emer­gency Man­age­ment Of­fice. “We en­cour­age Nova Sco­tians to visit the Alert Ready site or speak with their wire­less provider to con­firm if their de­vice is com­pat­i­ble to re­ceive these alerts.”

The Emer­gency Man­age­ment Of­fice reg­u­larly tests com­po­nents of the pub­lic alert­ing sys­tem be­fore an ac­tual emer­gency oc­curs. Tests of the sys­tem cre­ate aware­ness of Alert Ready and how it works on tele­vi­sion, ra­dio and wire­less.

Not ev­ery­one re­ceived the alert on their mo­bile de­vices dur­ing the test in May for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, in­clud­ing de­vice com­pat­i­bil­ity, set­tings and con­nec­tion to a net­work. Nova

Sco­tians who do not re­ceive the alert Nov. 28 are en­cour­aged to fol­low up with their ser­vice provider.

The test be­gins with a loud alert sound on ra­dio, tele­vi­sion and com­pat­i­ble cell­phones. The sound is fol­lowed by a spo­ken mes­sage on tele­vi­sion and ra­dio and a text on tele­vi­sion and cell­phone screens. If a cell­phone is in silent mode, there will be no sound but a mes­sage will be dis­played and the phone may vi­brate.

If it is switched off it will not re­ceive an emer­gency alert.

In ad­di­tion to the alert sys­tem, the Emer­gency Man­age­ment Of­fice uses Twit­ter and Face­book to alert the pub­lic.

In­for­ma­tion about cell­phone com­pat­i­bil­ity is avail­able at http://www.alertready.ca .

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