Canadian telecommunications companies have started to send emergency alerts to compatible cellphones and wireless devices. This is in addition to existing TV and radio alerting. B.C.’s wireless test took place on May 9, 2018. Additional details are available here. B.C.’s next emergency alert test on TV and radio is scheduled for June 20, 2018.
In the event of a real public alert, people need to follow instructions of the official authority (such as Emergency Management B.C., local government agencies or police). Only dial 9-1-1, if you have a life-threatening emergency. We need to keep emergency lines free for those needing immediate assistance from first responders.
Do not dial 9-1-1 for information or to ask general questions. use radio, television and online resources such as official government social media feeds and websites for instructions and up-to-date information. Our call takers cannot answer questions or provide information about alerts. The 9-1-1 lines must be kept free for people who need immediate help from police, fire or ambulance services.