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Alert Ready Emergency Alert System Testing - November 28

Emergency officials will conduct another test of the country's new wireless alert system on November 28 at 1:55 p.m.

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) requires that all wireless carriers be capable of warning their subscribers of imminent safety threats, such as tornadoes, floods, Amber Alerts or terrorism.

Alerts will also go out across radio and television stations at the same time. The system, called Alert Ready, is operated by Pelmorex (parent company of The Weather Network).

To receive the alert, users must have a relatively modern device that is connected to their carrier's LTE network, as well as have the latest software updates and support for wireless public alerts.

Details about this important program and to check on your devise's compatibility are available at Alert Ready website.

Emergencies and disasters can occur anywhere, at any time. It could be anything from an earthquake, to a flood, to a severe winter storm. In the event of a major disaster, you and your family should be able to take care of your basic needs for at least 72 hours.

We encourage everyone to prepare their personal or family emergency plan, and have an emergency kit ready that includes basic supplies as well as special needs items. Always maintain a ¼ tank of gas in your vehicle and keep a flashlight and hard-soled shoes beside each family member’s bed so evacuation in the dark, at night during an emergency is easier to navigate.

Preparedness Training Sessions - ​Be a Hero, Be Prepared

The City of Coquitlam’s Emergency Management Office offers HEROS Community Emergency Preparedness training to help you become better prepared at home.

Watch for these sessions in your community, or request a course for your community group by contacting 604-927-6434 or

For preparedness tips, visit our Preparedness Information page.

Emergency Program Office

Phone: 604-927-6438