Nationwide Test of Alerting Systems Scheduled for October

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and the Wireless Alert System. The test is scheduled to begin at 1:18 p.m.

A Wireless Emergency Alert test message will be sent to all cell phones that are connected to wireless carriers. The alert test message will have a header that reads “Presidential Alert” and a text that says, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

The Wireless Emergency Alert system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations by sending alerts to cell phones. This national test will use the same special tone and vibration used with all Wireless Emergency Alert messages.

The Emergency Alert System portion of the test will broadcast a one-minute message through radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, as well as wireline video providers. The Emergency Alert System is a national public warning system that provides the President with communications capacity to address the nation during a national emergency.


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