Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Cell Phones to Receive First Nationwide Alert Test Today

"THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."

Cell phones nationwide will sound an alarm today, Oct. 3, but rest assured, it's only a test.

The wireless alert test message (WEA) is scheduled to begin at 1:18 p.m. followed by the emergency alert system (EAS) portion which will be sent to radio and television at 1:20 p.m.

The wireless alert test message will appear on consumers' phones and read, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed." Phones will display this national test using the header "Presidential Alert."

Cell towers will broadcast the WEA 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. Wireless phones should receive the message only once.

The EAS portion of the test is scheduled to last approximately one minute and will be conducted with the participation of radio and television broadcasters.

The alert is being conducted by FEMA in coordination with the Federal Communications Commissions. According to a statement released by FEMA and the FCA, the purpose of the test is to ensure that EAS and WEA are both effective means of warning the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level. 

This will be the fourth nationwide EAS test and first nationwide WEA test.

KXMX News Staff

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