On November 16, 2022, the Government of Canada will conduct an Alert Ready Test📢 to compatible mobile devices in each province and territory. Alert Ready is designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians. Test alerts educate Canadians on what an emergency alert will look and sound like in the event of a life-threatening situation.
The test message will be distributed on TV, radio and compatible wireless devices. The emergency alert will display on customers' devices, accompanied by the alert sound, unless your phone is set to vibrate, silent or turned off. However, not all wireless devices will receive the test message. This may occur for various reasons; device compatibility, connection to an LTE network, cell tower coverage, and device software and settings.
To learn more about the Alert Ready service, what devices are supported, and the test schedule for your province or territory, visit alert ready.ca.
- Public Mobile Team
This ability will end though, I'm pretty sure. The workaround for now is wcdma only when you truly don't want to be disturbed (as they override do not disturb), but with them killing wcdma that's going away fairly soon
I have no issues with them existing, but just make them a standard text. Anyone awake and around is probably already staring at their phone. Anyone at work is working, anyone asleep is sleeping, etc
Better yet make them MMS and send us a **bleep** picture of who we're supposed to be looking for. Even for people already out who could easily look, unless they already know those people in which case they're already looking, but if they don't know them, how many middle aged men have short black hair as a random example ?
I believe that to some extent, these test might have negative unintended consequences. Not wanting to be alerted of a test (especially when the customer arleady knows what the emergency messages look like and that they work on the device), some customers will simply find ways of making it so that the test message doesn't get received. This means that if there really is an emergency today, less people will know about it.
this is the schedule. coming up the BC soon
LOCAL TESTING TIME
1:55 PM MST
1:55 PM PST
1:55 PM CST
1:55 PM AST
Newfoundland & Labrador
10:55 AM NST
1:55 PM NST
1:55 PM AST
2:00 PM EST
12:55 PM EST
Prince Edward Island
No test scheduled
1:55 PM EST
1:55 PM CST
1:55 PM PDT
Kind of amazing they're still testing this when they've been forcing it into compatible devices for years, isn't it? I mean, is that just me?
It would be nice if it just used your systems own sound that you use for regular texts, and wouldn't override DND mode. It gets thru DND which otherwise means "shut up except for this person" or even just "shut up unless they call more than once within X minutes"