On November 28, 2018 at 1:55pm, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) will issue a live test of NWT Alert Ready, 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 Ready 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 system is currently under development with full implementation planned for 2019.
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 should check their device compatibility on their wireless service provider’s website, and also ensure that their device has the latest software update installed.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has set the target that 50% of new devices currently available for sale in Canada must be compatible with Alert Ready. This target increases to 100% by April 2019. Over time, more devices will become compatible and more Canadians will be able to receive emergency alerts on their wireless device.
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. For more information on the development of NWT Alert Ready, look for updates on the Municipal and Community Affairs website at www.MACA.gov.nt.ca.