United States Presidential Alert

The United States Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA), is expected to conduct a nationwide test of the American Integrated Public Alert and Warning System across the United States on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 1:18 p.m. central time. The test is intended to assess the technical and operational readiness of the U.S. public alerting system.

Although the Presidential Alert test is not associated with Canada’s Alert Ready system and is targeted to American audiences, there is a possibility that Manitobans living near the U.S. border or traveling in the U.S. may receive the test message on mobile devices, TV and radio if the device was set to roaming, or if the devices was receiving a signal from an antenna on the US side during the test.

Wireless public alerts use an international standard and the broadcast channel that is often called “Presidential Alert” in the United States. Governments and private sector partners have worked with Canadian wireless service providers to use the term “EMERGENCY ALERT / ALERTE D’URGENCE”, as identified in version 2.0 of the National Public Alerting System Common Look and Feel Guidance, published on March 29, 2018. However, some phones pre-dating this guidance, or that were either purchased outside of Canada or manufactured to be compatible with the U.S. Wireless Emergency Alerts system, will use the American international standard and will display “Presidential Alert”, or another non-Canadian headline banner.

For more information about FEMA’s Public Alert and Warning System visit: https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test

For more information about public alerting in Canada, please visit www.alertready.ca