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Test of emergency alert system happening Wednesday

The province is doing a test of B.C.’s national alert ready system at 1:55 p.m. on Wednesday.

Last spring, the alert system was expanded to include alerts for wildfires, floods and extreme-heat emergencies, in addition to tsunamis, civil emergencies and Amber Alerts.

The test will be broadcast on radio and TV as well as wireless devices with this message.

“This is a TEST of the BC emergency alert system, issued by Emergency Management BC. This is ONLY a TEST. In an actual emergency, this message would contain instructions to help keep you and your community safe. Learn more about how, when and why emergency alerts are issued in BC at www.emergencyinfobc.ca/alert. This is ONLY a TEST. No action is required.”

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To receive the alert on your cellphone, it must be connected to an LTE cellular network, turned on, not set to do not disturb or airplane mode and have up-to-date cellular software.

The system was launched in 2018 and is tested twice a year.

Files by Josiah Spyker, My East Kootenay Now

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