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Are you Alert Ready?

Did you know your phone has the power to save a life?

Urgent public safety messages for local emergencies will now be coming directly to your compatible smartphone.

Alert Ready is a new national wireless public alerting system designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts through television, radio and wireless devices. The Government of Canada requires that all compatible wireless devices receive all relevant alerts. You’re not able to opt out, and you’ll only receive alerts if you’re in the impacted area.

A public awareness campaign is underway, and you may have already received a text from your Wireless Service Provider. Rogers, TELUS, Bell and the Weather Network will be communicating direct-to-consumers, as well as through social media and radio/TV campaigns.

The first planned national wireless public alert test is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9th at 1:55 p.m. during Emergency Preparedness Week.

Is My Smartphone Compatible?

To receive alerts, the wireless device must be:

  • An LTE-device like a smartphone
    (LTE is commonly referred to as “4G LTE”)
  • Wireless public alerting (WPA)-compatible
  • Connected to an LTE cellular network at the time the emergency alert is issued

To find out if your smartphone is compatible, and to read some Frequently Asked Questions from your specific provider, visit alertready.ca and select your Wireless Carrier.

How Does This Work with Alberta Emergency Alert?

Only the most serious alerts will be sent out using the new wireless alerting system. Other alerts that provide information on developing emergencies or serious alerts from other areas will be delivered to you via the Alberta Emergency Alert app, social media and the Alberta Emergency Alert website.

It is important that you continue to use the Alberta Emergency Alert app as it’s complementary to the new wireless alerting system. The new wireless alert will provide you with a short message, and the Alberta Emergency Alert app will provide more details and a map.

Being Prepared for Emergencies

Alert Ready is just one step to becoming more prepared and resilient to any disaster. Find out what else you can do. Check out the monthly tips and resources on how to be prepared for any emergency and download checklists and the Emergency Preparedness Guide. Visit the City of St. Albert website at stalbert.ca/beprepared.

Last edited: April 27, 2018

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