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Upcoming Testing of the United States Public Alerting System

October 1, 2018

On October 3rd, 2018 beginning at 2:18 pm ET, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the United States will be testing their public alerting system.

Canadians visiting the US or living near the border may receive the test message on their mobile device. The message will read “Presidential Alert, THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed”.

No action is required by Canadians who receive the test message.

Alert Ready Update (May 14, 2018)

May 14, 2018

We value the feedback that we’ve received regarding recent public safety test alerts and actual provincial emergency alerts. Please be assured that each message is being read and shared with the appropriate Alert Ready partner. Due to high volumes of emails, replies to individual messages are not possible at this time.

To check compatibility of your wireless device to receive public safety messages please check here and select your wireless provider from the drop down menu. ALL device compatibility inquiries must be directed to your wireless provider.

For general information about Alert Ready, please visit our FAQ.

Wireless Test Update (May 10, 2018)

May 10, 2018

The test alerts scheduled for May 9th were successfully processed by the National Alert Aggregation and Dissemination System (NAAD System), part of the Alert Ready system. Managed by Pelmorex, the NAAD System delivers public alert messages issued by authorized government agencies to TV/radio/cable/satellite companies, and now, wireless service providers. It is then the responsibility of these Last Mile Distributors (LMDs) to deliver alert messages directly to Canadians.

Wireless service providers are working to identify any issues with compatible handsets. It is important to note that not all wireless devices are compatible and able to receive messages from Alert Ready. A device needs to be connected to an LTE network. Compatibility depends on many factors, including the handset and the software version on the device. You can check compatibility here, or with your carrier.

The intent of these tests is to validate all components of the Alert Ready system before an actual emergency. By running these tests, all Alert Ready partners get valuable information and feedback that will help improve the system. Canadians can feel confident the alerts will continue to be delivered via TV and radio.