U.S. alert test may be received by border residents

(MindSea via Newswatch Group, File)

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – People along the Canada-U.S. border may receive an American alert on their cell phones this afternoon (Wednesday) or hear it on their favourite radio station.

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) is testing its system and will be sending out a presidential alert at 2:18 p.m.

The test, which will also be sent to U.S. radio, television stations and cable systems, will say: “Presidential Alert, THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.

The company responsible for Canada’s Alert Ready system says people near the international border or travelling state-side may pick up the alert.

“There is no action required by Canadians who receive the test message,” said Martin Belanger, director of public alerting for Alert Ready.