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Canadian test of emergency alert system tomorrow (5/8/19)

WCSO Emergency Management vehicle (August 8, 2016). Photo: Whatcom News

Wednesday, May 8th, at 1:55pm, there will be a test of the Canadian AlertReady system. As a result, US residents near the border may receive test emergency alert messages on smart phones as well as receive them via Canadian television and radio broadcasts.

According to a press release from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Department of Emergency Management Director John Gargett,

Emergency Management BC will issue BC’s test alert on May 8, at 1:55 pm (PDT).  During the test, the public will hear this alert tone and hear or see the following message on radio, TV, and compatible wireless devices:

This is a TEST of the British Columbia Emergency Alerting System, issued by Emergency Management British Columbia. This is ONLY a TEST. 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 This is ONLY a TEST, no action is required.

Do not call 911 for additional information about the test. Using 911 for non-emergency calls could delay help for people experiencing real emergencies.

It was September of last year when a similar US nationwide test was held.

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