Nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System to be done on Oct. 3

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert on Oct. 3. 
 Cell phones that are switched on and within range of an active cell phone tower should receive one text message. The message will read: “Presidential Alert: This is a TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is required.” 
 The Wireless Emergency Alert system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through cell phone alerts. The national test on Oct. 3 will use the same unique tone and vibration as weather alerts and Amber Alerts. This is the first time a nationwide wireless emergency alert has been tested. 
 The text message will be immediately followed by a test of the Emergency Alert System on radio and television, similar to regular monthly tests. 
 The tests will assess the federal government’s ability to distribute a national message in an emergency and determine whether technological improvements are needed. This is the first test of the nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert system and the fourth nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. 


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