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National Emergency Alert Review Scheduled For October 4th

On October 4, FEMA and the FCC will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA), with test messages sent to all iPhones, TVs and radios.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in collaboration with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of two warning systems—the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA)—beginning at 2:20 p.m. ET on October 4.

The goal of the two-phase testing is to “ensure that these systems continue to be effective means of alerting the public during emergencies, especially national ones,” FEMA said in a press release.

As part of the EAS test, FEMA will send a test emergency message lasting about one minute to televisions and radios that states the following: “This is a nationwide test of the emergency alert system issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covering the United States from 2:20 p.m. to 2 p.m.:50 pm Eastern Time. This is just a test. No action is required from the public.”

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