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National Emergency Alert System Testing A Hit And Miss For British Columbians

Emergency Alert Test

A new public emergency alert system for cellphones was tested across British Columbia today, with only some residents receiving the alert.

It’s part of a Canada-wide system, AlertReady, that allows government officials to issue public safety alerts through major television and radio broadcasters and compatible wireless devices.

The alert was meant for smartphones, TV, and other devices. People with compatible devices connected to a LTE network would hear a short tone similar to an ambulance alarm or feel a vibration for eight seconds at 1:55PM.

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Those who didn’t receive the alert took to Twitter, wondering about why they didn’t receive the alert. A Twitter poll showed that 47% of our readers did not receive the alert.

Twitter users wasted no time to take to the social platform and express their thoughts and frustrations:



Provincial officials are currently investigating as to why the emergency alert system failed to send notifications to all devices.


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