That screeching alarm that blared from your smartphone at 12:15 p.m. today was an accidental test of B.C.’s Emergency Alerting System.
There was no emergency. There wasn’t even supposed to be an emergency test.
A spokesperson for Emergency Info B.C. says the Alert Ready test, which was scheduled and completed last Wednesday, was mistakenly launched again today due to “human error.”
The test message read: “This is a TEST of the British Columbia Emergency Alerting System, issued by Emergency Management British Columbia. 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. For further information go to www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca. This is ONLY a TEST, no action is required.”
The test is part of the national Alert Ready system to improve public safety in the event of emergency. The system allows for broadcasts of emergency information about natural disasters and major emergencies through radio and television broadcasts, social media feeds and text messages to smartphones.
At least we know it works.