FREDERICTON (GNB) – Alert Ready, the national emergency alert system, will be tested in New Brunswick on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 10:55 a.m.

The system is designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts.

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.

The wireless alert part of the system was last used in September by the RCMP when it issued an alert on behalf of Quebec provincial police regarding a missing child in Quebec.

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