Alert Ready system works for some, not others in Saskatchewan

Alert Ready system works for some, not others in Saskatchewan

If this had been an actual emergency or threat, you would now hear instructions that would assist you to protect you and your family. For further information go to www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca.

No action is required from anyone who received the text alert.

Local schools are asking parents and caregivers to warn their children, just so they aren't startled when the alert goes off. Alerts will be broadcast automatically, at no cost to the user. More information on compatibility is available online. Tests were not conducted in Nunavut.

"Officials from the Alberta Emergency Management Agency are working together with all organizations involved to understand what happened across the country and what can be done to strengthen the system before a real emergency takes place", the agency said in a statement.

Emergency Management BC will work with Pelmorex and wireless carriers across the province to fix the issue, Lightbody said. The alerts are also supposed to run on radio and television. "We want to ensure 911 lines are kept free for those with life-threatening emergencies".

The system appeared to have worked in the Maritimes.

"Each system reaches the public in different ways, which allows us to reach as many people as possible, as quickly as possible in an emergency", Harvie-Shemko said.

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Wireless service providers were still working to verify the success rate on Wednesday afternoon, according to The Canadian Press.

The operators of the system said they were learning from the failed tests earlier this week in Ontario and Quebec, although they still could not say what caused problems in Ontario on Monday.

Cellphones across Alberta lit up with an emergency alert system test on Tuesday, but not everyone got the message.

There is now no word if the alerts in Newfoundland and Labrador were affected by different phone service providers or devices.

The reason behind the alert being sent only to some phones in Ontario is still undetermined.

"The decision was made that we are not going to override the user's settings".

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