Emergency Management BC will conduct a test of the BC Emergency Alerting System this afternoon.

The test is part of a new Canada-wide system, AlertReady allows government officials to issue public safety alerts through major television and radio broadcasters.

The system will only be used during large-scale disasters or emergencies where loss of life is imminent and possible.

During the test, the public will hear an alert on both radio and TV….

This and subsequent testing will determine the system s readiness for an actual emergency, as well as identifying any issues prior to formal implementation in B.C.