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Posted on: October 2, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Nationwide Test of Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, October 3, 2:20 p.m.

Federal agencies plan to conduct a nationwide test of two emergency alert systems on Wednesday, October 3. The test messages will be delivered via cell phones, television and radio broadcasts. Citizens don’t need to take any action on these messages.

The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test, which is sent to cell phones, will commence at 2:18 pm, while the Emergency Alert System (EAS) test on television and radio broadcasts will follow at 2:20 pm. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is conducing the test to assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

The WEA test message, very similar to an Amber Alert, and called a Presidential Alert will read "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."

Some may not receive any message on their older model cell phones.

The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on wireless cell phones. During the test, cell phones that are switched on and within range of an active cell tower will receive the test message. Cell phones should receive the test message only once.

The EAS test is made available to EAS participants (i.e. radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. This test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar that appear on their TVs. The message will read; "THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency, an official message would have followed the tone alert at the start of this message.”

Significant coordination has been conducted with EAS participants, wireless providers, and emergency managers in preparation for this EAS-WEA national test. This test is intended to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems in place that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public in times of emergency or disaster. 

Receiving preparedness tips and timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make all the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe. FEMA and partners are working to ensure alerts and warnings are received quickly through several different technologies, no matter whether an individual is at home, at school, at work, or out in the community.

Citizens can also sign up for Alert Pinellas from Pinellas County to receive local alerts about emergencies and other important community information at http://www.pinellascounty.org/alertpinellas/default.htm.

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