Cloverpoint windstorm. ( Kevin Lintern Photography)

Don’t be alarmed when you hear this sound coming from your TVs and radios this afternoon:

(CBC)

Your devices aren’t broken!

Starting at 1:55 PM, this noise will indicate the start of B.C. testing its new province-wide emergency alert system, in conjunction with the national Alert Ready system which allows the government to issue large-scale public safety alerts.

Today’s test will not include wireless cell phones, and those tests are scheduled to begin on May 9th.

This alert will be used by the government to warn people in the case of a large disaster or emergency during which loss of life is imminent.

Vancouver Island is a prime target for calamities like earthquakes and tsunamis, so a wide range alert system is particularly necessary for us.

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