Province-wide emergency alerts will now be coming to all LTE smartphones.
 
Beginning Friday (Apr.6), emergency alerts will be sent automatically to smartphones in Alberta.
 
"We've been doing this digitally since 2011, where this sort of stuff would have been broadcast on radio and TV as well," said team lead for the Alberta Emergency Management Agency Tim Trytten.
 
Emergencies with imminent threats to safety would go to all wireless devices in an affected area. Alerts are sent out by municipalities, about 800 people in the province can send these out.
 
"There was 16 critical alerts last year, including nine wildfire, six tornado and one AMBER Alert," added Trytten.
 
Earlier this year, one critical alert was sent out in Wetaskiwin after the city had water supply issues.
 
According to Trytten, a test for all compatible smartphones will take place on May 9 at 1:55 p.m.

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