More than 5 million mobile phones are expected to receive an emergency alert test tonight.
The emergency mobile alert will be issued between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Civil Defense Director of Emergency Management Gary Knowles said the alerts are intended to warn people of threats to life, health or property.
“The national test is a way to check our systems, cell towers and your phone’s ability to receive an emergency mobile alert, so we’re confident it will perform as it should in an emergency.”
He said the 2021 disaster preparedness survey suggested 90% of people would receive the alert or be near someone who did.
In the event of a real emergency, information would also be disseminated on radio, television, online and via social media.
There is no need to register or download an app – the alert will be sent to all phones that are on and have mobile coverage.
Although the National Emergency Management Agency advises making sure your phone’s operating system is up to date.
It is not possible to refuse to receive the alert.
“No form of technology is completely foolproof, so it does not replace other warning channels such as radio or social media, or the need to act on natural warning signs. If you feel that your life is in danger, do not wait for an official warning.
“Remember – if an earthquake is long or strong, leave,” Knowles said.