A Quebec Emergency Alert Test Is Coming So Get Ready For Your Phone To Scare You Sh*tless

The test is on November 17. And no, you can't unsubscribe.

Senior Editor
A Quebec Emergency Alert Test Is Coming So Get Ready For Your Phone To Scare You Sh*tless

Get ready for your phone to shriek. The Ministry of Public Security (MSP) has announced that it's moving forward with a test of Quebec's emergency alert system, Québec En Alerte, at 1:55 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17. The other provinces and territories will be conducting their own tests on the same date.

The ministry says the test message will be broadcast on television, radio and other devices — like your cellphone — if they're connected to an LTE network.

According to a press release, the purpose of the test is to "raise awareness of the alert display and its sound signal."

No, you can't opt out.

The alert will make clear that "this is not a real situation and that there is no danger to the health or safety of citizens."

"The Québec En Alerte system quickly informs the population in the event that they should take shelter or adopt safety measures due to, for example, an explosion risk, a chemical risk, a tornado or another threat to life," the MSP said in the release.

"This system also allows for the issuance of an AMBER Alert to alert the public by quickly transmitting critical information when a child is abducted and authorities fear for their life."

The Québec En Alerte website also says it's prepared with messages for situations as extreme as radiological risks, terrorist threats, disturbances to the Earth's magnetic field, an incoming meteorite and falling volcanic ash.

Cell phones began to receive En Alerte messages in 2018.

Thomas MacDonald
Senior Editor
Thomas is MTL Blog's Senior Editor. He lives in Saint-Henri and loves it so much that he named his cat after it. On weekdays, he's publishing stories, editing and helping to manage MTL Blog's team of amazing writers. His beats include the STM, provincial and municipal politics and Céline Dion. On weekends, you might run into him brunching at Greenspot, walking along the Lachine Canal or walking Henri the cat in Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier.