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Nationwide Test of Emergency Alert Systems

  • Date: 10/03/2018 11:18 am - 12:00 pm
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On Wednesday, October 3, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a nationwide test of two emergency alert systems:

  • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) - Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 11:18 a.m. PST. During this time, WEA compatible cell 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. Some cell phones will not receive the test message, and cell phones should only receive the message once. The WEA test message will read
    • Header "Presidential Alert" and text that says “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
  • Emergency Alert System (EAS) - The EAS test will be sent by radio stations, television stations, cable and satellite systems, and others at 11:20 a.m. PST. It is scheduled to last one minute.

For additional information, please visit FEMA's website.

 

 

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