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A Test Emergency Alert Will Sound In Canada Today & Here's When To Expect It In Each Province

Don't be alarmed today, November 17, when an emergency alert from Alert Ready comes through on your phone — it's just a test!

The alert is organized twice a year — once in May and once in November — and is a way of making sure the system still works, according to a press release published on Monday, November 15.

The good news is that the test alert won't be in the morning, which has caused a lot of complaints in the past. Instead, Canadians across the country can expect to hear the alert tone at the following afternoon times:

  • Alberta — 1:55 PM MST
  • British Columbia — 1:55 PM PST
  • Manitoba — 1:55 PM CST
  • New Brunswick — 10:55 AM AST
  • Northwest Territories — 9:55 AM MST
  • Nova Scotia — 1:55 PM AST
  • Newfoundland and Labrador — 10:55 AM NST
  • Nunavut — 2:00 PM EST
  • Ontario — 12:55 PM EST
  • Prince Edward Island — 12:55 PM AST
  • Quebec — 1:55 PM EST
  • Saskatchewan — 1:55 PM CST
  • Yukon — 1:55 PM PDT

The message will be broadcast over TV, radio and via compatible devices, too. It'll apparently reveal that it's a test, though, so you won't need to do anything except recover from the shock and keep on with your day!

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