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Did you get the emergency alert on your phone?

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November 27, 2019 - 2:10 PM

A planned test the British Columbia Emergency Alerting system occurred this hour.

The test signal was sent at approximately 1:55 p.m. today, Nov. 27, to your wireless device, as well as to radio and TV stations.

The emergency alerts have become a familiar sound since the national public alert system was first tested in early 2018.

Since January, Canada's telecom regulator says 125 emergency messages have been issued, warning Canadians of potentially life-threatening situations including tornadoes, floods and Amber Alerts.

Pelmorex Corp., which operates the system's technical infrastructure, says the test alerts are necessary to ensure the system is working properly and to educate Canadians on what the warning signals look and sound like.

To receive alerts, compatible wireless devices must be equipped with the latest operating software, and be connected to an LTE network when the alert is issued.

All wireless devices sold by service providers after April 6, 2019, were required to be public alerting capable.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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