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FEMA to conduct nationwide test of emergency system

Posted at 9:31 AM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 12:32:16-04

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will send out an alert to cell phones nationwide during a test on Wednesday.

FEMA and the Federal Communications Corporation plan to put out the tests for the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alert starting at 11:18 a.m. PDT on Oct. 3. Cell phones in the ‘on’ function will receive a message during that time to make sure the functions and technology of the EAS and WEA test need to be updated.

Radio and television broadcast networks, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers and wireline video providers will also participate in the emergency test. The test will disrupt scheduled programming throughout the test.

The tests are put into effect to make sure all safety precautions are set for future alerts in official emergencies.

These emergencies would include AMBER Alerts, severe weather or other dangerous situations.
No action is required for anyone who receives the alerts during the test time.