People across the province are being given the heads up as the Alberta Emergency Alert System will be tested province wide on Wednesday afternoon.
Alberta Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services Mike Ellis says at 1:55 p.m., as part of the National Public Alerting System, the test alert will be issued over radio, television, radio, wireless devices, websites, social media, the Alberta Emergency Alert mobile app and directly to Albertans via their smartphone.
He adds not only are the tests critical, as it allows them to fix any system issues, but the tests can potentially help save lives.
“Recent surveys show that one-third of Albertans are unprepared for a disaster and only 20 per cent have an emergency kit ready. I encourage Albertans to use the test alert as an opportunity to talk about emergency preparedness with members of their household,” he says.
Similar alerts will be issued in provinces across Canada throughout the day Wednesday.