Emergency alerts to wireless devices

Accurate and timely information in an emergency situation can save lives and livelihoods

Ministry of Public Safety

As of April 6, 2018, emergency alerts in British Columbia issued through the national Alert Ready program are also being sent to compatible wireless devices, such as smartphones, to ensure more people have the information they need to act quickly in an emergency.

Wireless alerts will be publicly tested for the first time in B.C. on May 9, 2018, at 1:55 p.m. PDT, alongside routine television and radio tests.

Emergency Management BC (EMBC) is the sole agency responsible for issuing emergency notifications on the Alert Ready system in the province, and will initially issue such alerts for tsunami threats only.

The Province is considering expanding the use of Alert Ready beyond tsunamis to include other hazards and emergencies in the future.

Wireless alerts will contain instructions for a safe response.

Wireless-compatibility information is available at www.alertready.ca.