What is Alert Ready?
"Alert Ready is designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians through television and radio. The Alert Ready system is developed in partnership with federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Pelmorex Corp. and the broadcast industry to ensure you receive alerts immediately and know when to take action to keep yourself and your family safe." - Alert Ready Canada
What types of devices will be compatible with the system?
- You will need a 4G LTE-capable device such as a smartphone.
- The device must be connected to an LTE cellular network at the time that the alert is issued.
- The device must be Wireless Public Alerting (WPA)-compatible.
What types of alerts are broadcast?
- Urban fire: An urban fire threatens multiple residential and/or commercial properties.
- Industrial fire: A large fire in an industrial building or complex that poses a threat to human health.
- Wildfire: A wildfire involves natural combustibles, such as grass, brush and trees.
- Forest fire: A Forest fire is a wildfire or prescribed fire that is burning in forested areas, grass or alpine/tundra vegetation and poses a threat to human safety.
- Tornado: A tornado is a vortex of a violently rotating winds, often forming a funnel shaped cloud that is capable of damaging property and injuring people.
- Flash Flood: Often occurring from river ice jams and excessive unexpected rainfall, a flash flood is the sudden onset of water causing immediate flooding. This event presents a unique danger to life and safety as there is little or no warning that this event will occur.
- Earthquake: An earthquake is a sudden release of energy in the Earthís crust that creates seismic waves that can cause substantial damage, especially in urban environments.
- Hurricane: A hurricane is violent storm comprised of intense winds and, heavy rain, potentially causing a storm surge, floods, coastal erosion or landslides.
- Biological: A potentially dangerous and poisonous substance that is usually very unstable and can be easily transferred between living organisms.
- Chemical: A chemical substance that, if misused or released, could result in serious injury or death.
- Radiological: With sufficient concentration, a radiological substance.
- Drinking Water Contamination: When water quality is negatively affected and a boil-water advisory may be raised, cautioning use by the public.
- Explosive: A potentially dangerous substance or device that may explode.
- Air Quality: A decrease in air quality is caused by an elevated particulate count in the atmosphere that can negatively affect visibility or the health of individuals.
- Falling Object: Natural or human-made materials at risk of falling, which may threaten people or property.
- Terrorist Threat: The use of violence or threats of violence by individuals or groups against civilians or infrastructure.
- Civil Emergency: A civil emergency occurs when humans cause a disruption of services or require varying levels of support, law enforcement or attention.
- Animal Danger: When a wild or domesticated animal poses a threat to human life or property.
- Amber Alert: An Amber Alert is issued by police services when a child has been abducted and it is believed that his/her life is in grave danger. An Amber Alert provides the public with immediate and up-to-date information about the abduction and solicits the publicís help in the safe and swift return of the child.
- D911 Service: A 911 service alert happens when there is a disruption or outage of telecommunication services between the public and emergency responders.
- Test Message : A test message may be issued for either public awareness or technical testing purposes.
More information and source: Alert Ready Canada