On Wednesday November 28, 2018, provincial emergency management organizations will conduct public alerting tests across Canada. Test alerts should appear on every updated and compatible mobile device connected to an LTE (long-term evolution) wireless network in participating provinces and territories. The test alerts will also be simultaneously distributed on radio and television.
In order to capture some reception and feedback statistics from the public, we’ve created the survey below. Please take a moment to provide your feedback on the tests.
English – https://peasi.com/emergency-alert-test-survey/
French – https://peasi.com/enquete-de-test-dalerte-durgence/
On behalf of the Federal, Provincial, Territorial Public Alerting Working Group (FPT PAWG), we are pleased to announce the publication of the Federal / Provincial / Territorial Public Alerting Working Group of Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management, National Public Alerting System, Common Look and Feel Guidance, Version 2.0, which has been updated to include guidance on the on the behavior of wireless devices when displaying NPAS emergency alerts.
Common Look and Feel
The National Public Alerting System (NPAS) Common Look and Feel (CLF) Working Group has recommended updates to version 1.2 of the CLF document, to include guidance on the behavior of wireless devices when displaying NPAS emergency alerts.
To encourage public review and feedback before final publication, draft version 2.0 of the CLF Guidance document has been posted here for a 11-day review period, ending 5:00 p.m. EDT March 26, 2018 : https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/mrgnc-mngmnt/mrgnc-prprdnss/npas/clf-en.aspx
A draft of the revised CLF Guidance Document 2.0 which includes the new specifications for Wireless Public Alerting (WPA) has been posted for public review and comment. The CLF is referenced in the CRTC’s 2017-91 (para. 44) as being responsible for setting out specifications, policy decisions, and recommended practices associated with the National Public Alerting System (NPAS). This comment period will end on March 2nd.
April 6, 2017 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today directed all wireless service providers to implement a wireless public alerting system on their LTE (long-term evolution) networks by April, 2018.
This system will allow emergency management officials, such as fire marshals and police agencies, to warn Canadians on their mobile devices of dangers to life and property. The alerts will be sent to mobile devices connected to LTE networks, which are available to over 97% of Canadians.
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CLF Guidance Document 1.2 was formally approved by the Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management on January 17, 2017.
The Public Comment Period for the Common Look and Feel Guidance document Version 1.2 has begun and is open until December 2, 2016.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has published a map of FM radio, AM radio and over-the-air (OTA) television stations that are broadcasting emergency alerts as of the end of December 2015.
The npas.ca website has been launched. This website provides links and information about the Canadian National Public Alerting System.