Emergency Preparedness Week runs from May 5th to 11th in Canada, and Alert Ready will be sending out a test alert to most provinces and territories this week.

Alert Ready is Canada's national public alerting system, and they will be sending out a test alert to Albertans by radio, television, and compatible wireless devices on May 8th.

"The Alert Ready system is a critical service that helps keep Canadians safe," says Director of Public Alerting at Pelmorex, Martin Belanger in a media release on May 6th. "Testing provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the Alert Ready system and to validate that it works as intended in case of an actual emergency."

Alert Ready delivers critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians, such as alerts for tornadoes, fire, flooding, and AMBER alerts.

These alerts are issued by either the provincial, territorial, and federal public safety authorities, though there is a multi-step process in issuing the alerts to the public.

On May 8th, the test alert in Alberta will be sent out at 11:55 a.m. and will simulate an emergency alert.

While Canadians do not have an option to opt out of the alerts, only one test alert will be issued on Wednesday.

The test alert will also be delivered through the Weather Network.

In 2023, there were 1086 emergency alerts distributed across Canada.

To learn more about the alerts, head over to the Alert Ready website.