Alert Ready test to be conducted on November 16, 2022

Published: November 15, 2022 @ 10:30 a.m.

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FREDERICTON (GNB) – Alert Ready, the national emergency alert system, will be tested in New Brunswick on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 1:55 p.m.

The system is designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts.

The test will take place on television, radio and wireless devices. Following an audible alarm, the following information will be presented by television on a red background or broadcast by radio: “This is a test of the National Public Alerting System issued by the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization. If this was an actual emergency or threat, instructions would now be given that would assist you and your family. This is a test, no action is required.”

Compatible wireless devices will vibrate and the alert sound will play. The accompanying text in both official languages will state that it is only a test.

The wireless part of the system was last used in Restigouche County on July 24 when Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a tornado warning.

The RCMP have issued alerts for six events, most recently in January. The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization has issued alerts for two events, most recently in 2014.

Alert Ready was developed in partnership with federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, Environment and Climate Change Canada and the broadcast industry to enhance emergency preparedness and response in times of crisis.