Imagine being in Hawaii on a vacation of a lifetime. A bucket-list destination you’ve wanted to visit your entire life. You finally manged to save up the money, book your flights and accommodation, you make the 15 hour flight from Toronto, make your way to your hotel, only to see this message come up on the television screen of your hotel room.
What do you do? Where do you go? Can this even be for real? How much time would you actually have to get to some type of cover? People on the streets were running and panicking. Some hiding down manhole covers in hopes of protection.
In the end it turned out to be a false alarm, but it illustrates just how tense things are in the world right now and that crisis-level “accidents” can happen. Hopefully, it will send a message to the World leaders involved that loose nuclear “rhetoric” can have damaging effects, and that accidents can and do happen.
Canada has it’s own emergency alert messaging system. It’s called Alert Ready and can over-ride television and radio signals to warn of national emergencies, weather warnings, and even amber alerts.