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— Simon Ostler (@SimonOstler) November 28, 2018
For the few of you who don’t still have ringing in your ears from that annoying emergency alert sound, today was the second attempt at the first test of the wireless public alerting system in Canada.
Set for 1:55pm local time (2:55pm in Quebec), the alerts started in Newfoundland and Labrador and followed the time zones to B.C. and Yukon. I’ve compiled reports of those alerts in this Twitter thread:
Looks like the emergency alert test worked in Nova Scotia. https://t.co/82yP6uNxqE
— Steve Faguy (@fagstein) November 28, 2018
Every province and territory (even Nunavut, which didn’t participate last time) successfully sent out an alert, but that doesn’t mean that everyone successfully got one. There a lot of moving parts to this process, and each one has to be working properly for the alerts to reach people’s TV screens and phones.
Today’s process involved the following steps and groups:
- Coordination of the emergency alert test, by government agencies
- Issuing of the emergency alert test by provincial and territorial emergency agencies
- Distribution of the emergency alert test by the National Public Alerting System
- Broadcast of the emergency alert test by wireless providers, television providers, mobile applications and television and radio stations
- Reception of the emergency alert test by compatible set-top boxes and mobile devices
If any of those steps fail, the message doesn’t get through.