Public Awareness Test Schedule

Manitoba EMO conducts Public Awareness Tests on the Alert Ready system up to a maximum of five times per year. The schedule is planned in November for the following year.

The 2018 test dates are:

  • March 21 at 10:55 a.m. CANCELLED
  • May 9 at 1:55 p.m. (NOTE: This will also include the first wireless public alerting test message)
  • June 20 at 10:55 a.m. CANCELLED
  • September 19 at 1:55 p.m. CANCELLED
  • December 19 at 3:55 p.m.

These tests are critical to ensure there are no issues with the system prior to an actual emergency.

During the test on both radio and television, the public will hear the Alert Attention Signal, followed by the test message.

On compatible wireless devices, the test alert will begin with the Alert Attention Signal, a distinct vibration, and then an Emergency Alert banner will display followed by this message on the screen:

“This is a test of the Alert Ready national public alerting system issued by the Manitoba 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 only a test, no action is required.”