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Public Alerting System Test

Posted on Aug 3, 2018

Albertans can now receive messages about life-threatening emergencies, such as a tornado, wildfire, flood or Amber Alert, directly to their cellphones. Wireless public alerting is a national system that will send life-saving emergency alert messages directly to compatible smart phones connected to an LTE network within an area affected by a disaster or emergency.

On May 9, 2018 at 1:55 p.m., the wireless public alerting system will send out a test alert across Alberta. During the test, an alert sound will go off on compatible cellphones with a message letting the cellphone user know that the sound is part of a test, and there is no need for concern. If the cellphone is switched off or on silent mode, there will be no sound, but a banner will be displayed and the phone may vibrate even if the phone is in silent mode. To hear what sound to expect during the test, visit and click on the box at the bottom of the page that says – “play alert tone.”

As this test alert will take place during the school day, ensure that schools are made aware of it.

The new wireless system complements Alberta’s Emergency Alert system. Wireless Public Alerts are delivered directly to compatible cellphones. It is mandatory as per federal laws, and it is not possible for Canadians to opt out of receiving life-saving messages directly to their cellphones. Find out if your phone is compatible by checking with your cellphone provider or online at
To learn more about wireless public alerting in Alberta, visit