Today, at 1:55 PM, televisions, radios and compatible wireless devices will alert you with Pelmorex's public awareness test.

The test is designed to alert the Canadian public to any natural disasters, major weather concerns such as tornadoes or impending catastrophes that could happen within Canada.

"They (Pelmorex) did do it about four or five months ago and their was a few glitches in the system where it didn't go through completely on all of the broadcast area cell phones and that kind of thing," recounted Drumheller Fire Chief, Bruce Wade.

"It just gives people a heads up to take preparations in case there is some event in their area."

The test was semi-successful back in May 2018 with some cellular devices receiving the alert and others with no alert at all.

According to Pelmorex's Director of Public Alerting, Martin Belanger, communications committees have been meeting twice a week to prepare and execute the communications plan for today's test.

"Anytime we can alert the public to any event or disaster ahead of time; Communication is the key to anything like that," Wade spoke towards the importance of an alert system that works.

Belanger also commented that he is confident today's test will work both in technical infrastructure and through the communications plan.

The Alert Ready system involves many partners, including provincial, territorial, federal government organizations and emergency management officials, the operator of the National Alert Aggregation and Dissemination System (Pelmorex) and alert distributors (radio, television and wireless providers).

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