National public alert tests happening Wednesday across Atlantic Canada

HALIFAX, N.S. — Residents in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia should brace themselves for an Alert Ready test on Wednesday.

The system test will arrive via TV, radio, and compatible wireless devices, but will not require the public to take any action.

Test times for Atlantic Canada are:

  • Nova Scotia: 1:55 p.m. (AST)
  • P.E.I.: 12:55 p.m. (AST)
  • N.L.: 10:55 a.m. (NST, 10:25 a.m. in most of Labrador)
  • N.B.: 10:55 a.m. (AST)

Not all mobile devices will receive the test alert due to various factors, such as compatibility issues and network connections.

After the alert, the Accessible Technology Attainable will carry out an Accessible Emergency Alerts Survey for those with disabilities.

The survey looks to identify challenges for individuals with disabilities in perceiving, understanding and interacting with emergency alerts through different technological channels.

Alert Ready plays a crucial role in delivering critical alerts, including those for tornadoes, flooding, fires, and Amber Alerts.

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