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Just a test: Emergency alert system test coming Wednesday

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The National Public Alerting System is doing a scheduled test Wednesday at 1:55 p.m – Nov 16, 2021

The National Public Alerting System is doing a scheduled test Wednesday.

The Alert Ready system sends emergency alerts through televisions, radios and wireless devices in the event of life-threatening situations.

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A national test of the system — which will see an emergency test message sent through multiple communication channels —  is planned for 1:55 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17.

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“Testing of all components is an important and necessary part of any public alerting system. It provides an opportunity to validate and improve the end-to-end performance and reliability of the system to ensure it operates as it is intended on TV, radio and wireless,” the Manitoba government said in a release Tuesday.

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“Test alerts also educate the public on what an emergency alert will look and sound like in the event of a life-threatening situation.”

Wednesday’s test message will come through televisions, radios and wireless, but the province says not everyone will receive the alert on their mobile device.

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