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The test in Ontario on Monday afternoon had mixed results.

Canadian cellphone, tablet and other individual mobile device users, including many of those on UHN-issued units, are helping test a new, national public alert system this week.

In Ontario, the test happened on Monday afternoon around 2 p.m. – and the results were mixed.

Some users heard a tone, similar to an ambulance alarm, or felt a vibration of eight seconds if their device was on vibrate. If they were talking on their phone at the time, they heard a call waiting tone.

But the test of the system, which would be used in the future to warn of imminent safety threats such as floods, tornadoes, an Amber Alert or a terrorist threat, did not work at all for a number of other users.

"We understand that some wireless users did not receive the test alert," Alert Ready, the organization coordinating the test, said in a statement. "All Alert Ready partners are working together to identify the cause.

"We thank everyone for their patience as we investigate and work through the test results."

Alert Ready has a website which answers such key questions as compatibility and what to do if you receive an alert.

Read the CBC News story on some of the challenges with the Ontario test.​

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