PC Alberta leadership candidate Ric McIver speaks in Edmonton. United Conservative legislature member Ric McIver has lost his bid to overturn a sanction and fine for making comments in the house that violated conflict of interest rules. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

National Public Alerting System to be tested Wednesday

Central Albertans can expect to hear the National Public Alerting System Wednesday.

In Alberta, the system will issue the alert at 1:55 p.m. over television, radio, wireless devices, websites, social media, the Alberta Emergency Alert mobile app, and directly to Albertans via compatible cellphones.

“Tests are critical, as they help us fix any system issues and make sure that alerts work when we need them. This helps save lives and protect Albertans during an actual emergency,” said Alberta Minister of Municipal Affairs Ric McIver in a press release.

“National test alerts are issued twice a year, in May and in November. The test alert only works if the receiving cellphone or mobile app is compatible, on the LTE 4G network, turned on and connected to Wi-Fi. If your cellphone is set to silent, it will display an emergency alert but will not play the alert tone.”