When a friend of mine was away on vacation she received an alert on her iPhone about an imminent earthquake. Luckily it was a minor quake but she was amazed, and grateful, to discover the alert system activated. She let everyone know via Facebook that she was safe and posted an image of the alert that popped up. None of us, at that time, had realized that our devices had this kind of service.

Recently, my phone had a message from my personal service provider, Telus, alerting me to the addition of  a new ALERT READY service launched on April 6, 2018. You may have noticed as well?

What is it? ALERT READY is designed to deliver critical and life-saving emergency alert messages to Canadians. Developed in partnership with the federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, the broadcast industry, wireless service providers, Pelmorex Corp., mobile devices will receive emergency alerts immediately to help us better prepare if there’s imminent known danger, like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, fires.

All Canadian wireless service providers will be required to broadcast emergency notifications received from alerting authorities directly to consumers’ WPA compatible wireless devices using Cell Broadcasting distribution. The alerts issued are for threat-to-life situations.

The alerts will also be issued to defined geographic areas so that only those people within the active areas will receive notifications — based on where your device is provided that you’re connected wherever you are in the world.

You can learn more here including what emergency alerts look. There’s further information on alertready.ca

Here are the wireless devices that are currently compatible…