Emergency alert system to hit cell phones on Monday morning

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The alert system is created to notify the public of imminent disaster or emergency such as a tornado warning, a biological threat of some kind, or the spill of hazardous materials.

Ontario residents are being asked to be ready for the Alert Ready emergency drill to be broadcast today, Monday, May 7 at 1:55 p.m.

The alerts will also be distributed on television and radio at the same time.

"We thank everyone for their patience as we investigate and work through the test alert results".

Test alerts are conducted to ensure that the alerting system is functional, and to create awareness of national public alerting system among Canadians.

Remaining provinces and Northwest and Yukon territories will test Wednesday. Depending on the type of device and cell phone providers, citizens are to expect to hear a tone similar to an ambulance alarm or feel a vibration for 8 seconds.

Emergency management officials from federal, provincial and territorial governments have long delivered emergency alerts to the public in partnership with Canadian broadcasters, led by The Weather Network owner Pelmorex Corp.

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They had a similar test in Quebec earlier that day. There is no charge for the alert, as it is not an SMS and does not use data like a text message.

"The CRTC has no insights with respect to what occurred in Hawaii, other than what has been reported in the media", the regulator said.

Test signals were meant to be sent to mobile users across Canada.

Unlike wireless emergency alerts issued in the U.S., Canada's system requires a specific vibration cadence, alert tone and banner to notify users of an emergency.

These officials are also responsible for issuing scheduled test messages.

Get ready for a racket at 9:55 a.m.