Victoria, BC – Mobile phones across Victoria and Esquimalt will buzz and display alert messages this afternoon. There’s no need to be alarmed – it’s a planned test of the nation-wide emergency notification system.
These tests will help government and public officials ensure that mobile devices are capable of warning you of an emergency. During the test your mobile device will buzz or sound a tone and will display a notification message. On many devices this message will need to be dismissed before you are able to resume regular operation of your device.
Additional test alerts will be issued by radio and television.
When you receive the alert test tomorrow, there is no need for concern or further action on your part. There’s no need to call 911 or our non-emergency number.
For more information on the test, please visit the CRTC’s website. Additional information on the AlertReady system is available on their website. For information on how emergency notifications are issued in British Columbia, please visit EmergencyInfoBC.