FREDERICTON (GNB) – Alert Ready, the national emergency alert system, will be tested in New Brunswick on Wednesday, May 9, at 6:55 p.m.

The system is designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts. It is tested periodically and this is the first opportunity for the province to test the system on wireless devices.

“Emergency Preparedness Week is a good opportunity to test the new capability to reach people on wireless devices,” said New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization director Greg MacCallum. “It will be clearly communicated this is only a test. The fact the test is taking place is coincidental with the current flooding occurring in New Brunswick. The test is co-ordinated nationally and most provinces are conducting a test Wednesday.”

The test will take place on television, radio and wireless devices. Following an audible alarm, the following information will be presented by television on a red background or broadcast by radio: “This is a test of the National Public Alerting System issued by the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization. This is only a test. If this had been an actual emergency or threat, you would now hear instructions that would assist you to protect you and your family. This is a test only; no action is required.”

Compatible wireless devices will vibrate and the alert sound will play. The accompanying text in both official languages will state that it is only a test.

Alert Ready was developed in partnership with federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, Environment Canada and the broadcast industry to enhance emergency preparedness and response in times of crisis.