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‘Complacency’ blamed for N.S. struggles with flooding, other climate disasters

August 1, 2023 Michael Tutton - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – On the night floodwaters swept through his Nova Scotia county, taking lives and tearing out bridges, Doug Pynch says he had trouble believing an emergency alert that flashed across his phone. It called for residents to evacuate to

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Emergency alerts when severe weather happens can be improved: Environment Minister

May 26, 2022 Mia Rabson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Emergency weather alerts that are broadcast over the mobile network should be improved to make sure they are getting to the right people at the right time, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said Wednesday. Guilbeault is in Germany for

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Emergency alerts remain: Floodwater on Metis settlement receding

May 12, 2022 The Canadian Press

PADDLE PRAIRIE METIS SETTLEMENT – The chief administrative officer of a Metis settlement in northwestern Alberta says its members are feeling scared as floodwater that was up to the knees a few days ago recedes, exposing the damage left behind.

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How reliable are severe weather emergency alerts?

June 5, 2019 by Jason Contant

Two tornadoes that swept through the Ottawa region Sunday have prompted questions about the effectiveness of Canada’s emergency alert system. Questions arose after numerous residents reported that they never received warnings about a tornado that hit Orléans, an east-end suburb

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Frustration after emergency alerts not received before deadly Manitoba tornado

August 7, 2018 The Canadian Press

ALONSA, Man. – Residents are frustrated they didn’t receive emergency alerts on their cell phones before a strong tornado tore through a small Manitoba community on Friday. The EF4 tornado moved through the Rural Municipality of Alonsa on Friday night

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Emergency system fails first test in Quebec

May 7, 2018 Peter Rakobowchuk and Terry Pedwell - THE CANADIAN PRESS

QUEBEC – A glitch in the new national public alert system for mobile devices affected the entire province of Quebec on Monday, said a CRTC spokeswoman. The problem did not originate with cellphone service providers but appears to have occurred

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Trial run coming next week for Canada-wide emergency alert system

April 30, 2018 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Millions of cellphones, tablets and other portable devices will sound off across the country next week to test Canada’s new public emergency alert system. The country’s broadcast and telecom regulator says the tests will be carried out next

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Localized alerts for life-threatening emergencies now active on Canadians’ phones

April 7, 2018 The Canadian Press

Starting today, Canadians won’t have to be near a television or radio to receive emergency alerts. Life-threatening emergencies will now be broadcast on compatible mobile phones. As of today, the National Public Alerting System – commonly called Alert Ready –

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All Canadians to get emergency alerts on their phones soon

March 21, 2018 Michael Oliveira - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Canada’s wireless providers are preparing for a looming update to the National Public Alerting System that will force smartphones to sound an ominous alarm when an emergency alert is triggered. In case of emergencies including Amber Alerts, forest