Have you heard about the new emergency alerting system called AlertReady?

April 10, 2015

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All radio and television broadcasters across the country are participating in this new, national public alerting system which is designed to warn the public about imminent, life-threatening emergencies (things like tornados, floods, biohazards and landslides) in their region. You’ll actually hear a special sound followed by an emergency message. This National Public Alerting System complements existing public alerting systems and tools.


All levels of government will continue to encourage broadcasters, cable and satellite companies to deliver relevant emergency alerts to their subscribers. As the system expands it will include the participation of cell phone companies, social media, sites and other internet and multimedia distributors and as a result, even more Canadians will be alerted to emergencies that could affect their safety.


The System is capable of delivering emergency alerts to broadcast distributors that can rapidly warn the public of imminent or unfolding dangers, such as tornadoes, wildfires or hazardous chemical spills. It makes available critical alerts from authorized government originators to be aired immediately.


The new AlertReady system sets standards and guidelines when broadcasters can interrupt their programming when an emergency is:

 

  • considered urgent, where time is of the essence to inform the public of imminent danger
  • considered severe or extreme, meaning there is danger to life
  • probable, meaning the danger is very likely or has been observed.

 

This is an important safety system for Canadians. Governments will continue to encourage broadcasters, cable and satellite companies to work cooperatively and deliver relevant emergency alerts to their subscribers. As the system expands to include the participation of cell phone companies, social media web sites and other internet and multimedia distributors, even more Canadians will be alerted to emergencies that could affect their safety.

So in the event of an emergency, it’s best to tune into your local media station to get the latest up-to-date information and breaking news.

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Go to www.Alertready.ca to find out what types of alerts are broadcast, what an alert sounds like and when it’s time to act and much more helpful emergency preparedness information.

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