A new emergency alert system will be tested in Canada on Wednesday, November 27. The emergency message alert will deliver a test message to compatible smartphones. There will also be a test message sent over television and radio.\nThe alert system, issued through Alert Ready and managed by provincial and territorial emergency management organizations, will be sent at different times in each province and territory. As of November 26, Nunavut has not scheduled a test.\nSince January 2019, the Alert Ready system has been used to send 130 messages. The system was first instituted in 2010 and first used to send messages to smartphones in 2018.\n"Test alerts educate Canadians on what an emergency alert will look and sound like in the event of a life-threatening situation," Martin Belanger, Director of Public Alerting at Pelmorex said in a press release. Pelmorex is the company that operates the Alert Ready technical infrastructure.\nIf you have bought a new phone in Canada since April 6, 2019, it will already be equipped with the capability to receive alert messages, according to Alert Ready's website.\nIf you are still using an older device, it can receive the messages if it is connected to an LTE network and has the latest software update.\nAlert Ready | Screenshot\nThe emergency alert system will be used to issue warnings about environmental hazards and extreme weather, as well as alerts about water contamination, fires, and even terrorist threats.\nThe #AlertReady system was developed with many partners working together to keep Canadians safe. A test of the Alert Ready system is coming up on Nov 27th for most provinces & territories. Find out more at https://t.co/HKscmFLoxy & https://t.co/dqrSxR16Bo pic.twitter.com/3TSWSnAW9J— Pelmorex Corp (@PelmorexCorp) November 25, 2019\nCanadians cannot choose to opt-out of the emergency messaging system.\nEven though some Canadians have complained about receiving Amber alert messages directly to their phones, this system is mandatory to keep people informed of emergency situations.\nCanadians actually seem more upset about the fact that people called 911 to complain about the amber alert messages.\nAlert Ready was developed by Pelmorex in cooperation with federal, provincial, and territorial governments, as well as wireless service providers and the broadcasting industry.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.