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Posted on: October 3, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Reminder: Emergency Alert test tomorrow 2:20 PM

Test Alert

The WEA portion of the test will be directed to all consumer cell phones. The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. Cell phones that are switched on and within range of an active cell tower should be capable of receiving the test message. Cell phones should only receive the message once.

The following can be expected from the nationwide WEA test:

  • Beginning at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET, cell towers will broadcast the test for approximately 30 minutes. During this time, WEA-compatible wireless phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA, should be capable of receiving the test message. 
  • All wireless phones should receive the message only once. 
  • For consumers, the message that appears on their phones will read: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
  • Phones with the main menu set to Spanish will display: “ESTA ES UNA PRUEBA del Sistema Nacional de Alerta de Emergencia. No se necesita acción.”

The EAS portion of the test will be sent to radios and televisions. The EAS test is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar.

FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for Oct. 4, 2023 | FEMA.gov

If the Oct. 4 test is postponed because of widespread severe weather or other significant events, the backup testing date is Wednesday, Oct. 11.

 

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