Whatcom residents might receive an emergency test message from Canada on Wednesday

Associated Press

North Whatcom County residents, particularly in Blaine, Birch Bay, Sumas, Point Roberts and some parts of Lynden, may receive an emergency alert on their phones or hear it on Canadian radio and television stations Wednesday afternoon, May 8, but there is nothing to worry about.

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management Deputy Director John Gargett announced in a release that Emergency Management British Columbia has scheduled an Emergency-Alert System test for 1:55 p.m. Wednesday as part of a Canada-wide test of the AlertReady system.

During the test, Whatcom residents may hear an alert tone and see a message identifying it as a test.

“Do not call 911 for additional information about the test,” Gargett said in the release. “Using 911 for non-emergency calls could delay help for people experiencing real emergencies. This and subsequent testing will determine the system’s readiness for an actual emergency, as well as identify any issues prior to form implementation in B.C.”

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.