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FEMA conducts nationwide tests of emergency alert system

Posted at 9:11 AM, Oct 04, 2023
and last updated 2023-10-04 09:11:49-04

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts this fall.

The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests are scheduled to begin at approximately 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4.

The WEA portion of the test will be directed to all consumer cell phones. This will be the third nationwide test, but the second test for all cellular devices.

The test message will display in either English or Spanish, depending on the language settings of the phone.