The following is an excerpt from a notification from Manitoba EMO:
Manitobans are now able to receive emergency alert messages about situations such as tornadoes, wildfires, flash floods or Amber Alerts directly on their wireless devices. Wireless public alerting is part of Alert Ready, a national initiative that provides emergency management organizations across Canada with a standard alerting capability to rapidly warn the public of imminent or unfolding threats to life-safety. The Alert Ready system delivers emergency alerts to the public by radio, cable and satellite television, websites and now to compatible wireless devices on Long-Term Evolution (LTE) networks in areas affected by emergencies or disasters.
On Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 1:55 p.m., the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) will be sending out an emergency alert test message across Manitoba. This will be the first time an Alert Ready public awareness test message will go to compatible wireless devices.
On compatible wireless devices on LTE networks, the emergency alert will begin with a distinct
tone (the Canadian Alert Attention Signal), a vibration and then a visual emergency alert banner
will display followed by a message text. The system is expected to respect wireless device settings
(i.e. a compatible wireless device set to silent will display an emergency alert, but no sound will
accompany the emergency alert message). However, this behaviour can differ depending on your
wireless device and in some instances, the alert sound may override your user settings.
To learn more about Alert Ready go to www.alertready.ca and to learn more about emergency alerts in Manitoba go to www.manitoba.ca/emo.
These tests are intended to create public awareness and provide broadcasters with an opportunity to ensure their alerting equipment works as planned.