“On March 1 at 1:55 p.m., the Alberta Emergency Alert system will issue an emergency alert test across the province. The alert will be distributed over television, radio, websites, social media, the Alberta Emergency Alert mobile app, and directly to Albertans via compatible cellphones.
“While test alerts are issued nationwide twice a year in May and November, this year’s emergency alert in Alberta is being done now to coincide with the official start of wildfire season on March 1.
“Tests help us fix any system issues to ensure alerts work when we need them. Tests also provide a valuable opportunity for Albertans to consider their own readiness to respond to an unexpected event like a wildfire.
“Distributing the alert via multiple platforms helps ensure Albertans receive information directly or from someone nearby. The cellphone alert only works if the receiving cellphone or mobile app is compatible, on the LTE 4G network, turned on and connected to Wi-Fi. If your cellphone is set to silent, it will display an emergency alert but will not play the alert tone.
“Since Alberta created the first emergency alert system in the country more than 30 years ago, the province has issued alerts to provide critical information about an immediate disaster, where it’s happening and what actions to take to stay safe.
“Our top priority is saving lives and protecting Albertans. That’s why I encourage you to download the Alberta Emergency Alert app to receive messages about life-threatening emergencies, such as tornadoes, wildfires, floods or Amber Alerts, directly to your cellphones. When faced with an emergency, always follow instructions from authorities and check for updated alerts.
“I also encourage Albertans to visit alberta.ca/BePrepared to learn more about how to prepare for any emergency. Resources are available in 10 different languages to make this information more accessible.”