On November 25th, 2020 at 09:55am, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) will issue a live test of NWT Alert, the Northwest Territories public alerting system. Residents may see and hear the public alert test on wireless devices, radio stations and cable networks across the NWT.
NWT Alert is being developed to provide public alerts to NWT residents during emergencies and disasters and is part of the national public alerting system “Alert Ready”. The NWT system is currently under development with full implementation expected in 2021.
It is important to note that not all residents will receive the test alert on their wireless device. This may occur for a variety of reasons, including device compatibility, connection to an LTE network, cell tower coverage, device software and settings. The public is encouraged to check their device compatibility on their wireless service provider’s website and ensure that their device has the latest software update installed.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission set the target that 100% of new devices currently available for sale in Canada as of April 2019 be compatible and able to receive emergency alerts. Over time, more residents will have devices that are compatible and will be able to receive emergency alerts.
Alert Ready is designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians through television, radio and wireless devices. The Alert Ready system is developed in partnership with federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, Environment Canada and the broadcast industry to ensure you receive alerts immediately and know when to take action to keep yourself and your family safe.
For more information on public alerting and the Alert Ready system visit www.alertready.ca.