Alert test message sent out Wednesday afternoon

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The Alberta Alert Ready emergency notification test in Calgary was deemed an overall success Wednesday, but it wasn't flawless. Emergency Management BC is planning to meet tomorrow with wireless carriers, representatives from other provinces, and system operator Pelmorex to discuss the results of the test.

The problems did not appear specific to mobile provider or type of phone.

The system test falls on the heels of the Federal Government's Alert Ready test, which for the first time sent out alerts to compatible wireless devices and all the tests coincide with Emergency Preparedness Week.

Ontario and Quebec had issues earlier this week when the new system was tested there, with many people not getting the alert.

Alberta 1:55 p.m.

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While there are no additional mobile tests slated for this province, further tests via television and radio broadcasts are scheduled for June, September and December. Officials are turning to social media to help gauge the success of this week's test.

"The objective of the test was to make sure things would work well, and obviously they haven't", he says.

But not everybody received a test alert and there are several reasons why this may have happened.

But not everyone's phone sounded the alarm. Any resident with an LTE phone should have received the alert, regardless of whether or not they had any particular apps installed, or if they had signed up for a municipal emergency alert system. On April 6, 2017, the CRTC mandated wireless service providers to be capable of sending wireless public alerts in Canada by April 6.

Those who did get the message from Emergency Management BC saw the following notification pop up on their smartphone screens: "This is a TEST of the British Columbia Emergency Alerting System, issued by Emergency Management British Columbia".

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