FEMA to test nationwide emergency alert system


Phones across the nation will receive the test message | Image Courtesy: FEMA

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Phones across the nation will light up with an unusual message on Wednesday, October 3.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is testing a presidential alert through the Wireless Emergency Alerts and the Emergency Alert System on cell phones at 12:18 PM and 12:20 PM (MST).

“Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes,” FEMA reported. “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 have a header that reads “Presidential Alert” and text that says: ‘THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.'”

Federal officials say the original test did not run on September 20 as planned because of ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.