On Thursday, September 20th at around 2:18 pm your phone will go off and display a message from the Government. Do not worry, it is just a test.

FEMA will be conducting a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA). This will be used to see how ready the system is for an emergency and where improvements need to be made.

According to FEMA.gov,

"The test messages will be sent using FEMA’s IPAWS, which enables authorities to send emergency messages to multiple communications networks, including the EAS and WEA as part of the nation’s modern alert and warning infrastructure."

This means they are going to try and reach as many people as possible. The test will start at approximately 2:18 pm with the WEA test message. It will be a Presidential Alert and will read:

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

The test will sound very similar to a Tornado Warning or Amber Alert that has come across your phone. You will not be able to opt out of these messages.

After your cell phones go off, you will also be hearing and seeing a test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). These will come across your radios and T.V.'s and will sound similar to the ones you already hear and see periodically. That message will sound like this,

“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 you heard at the start of this message. A similar Wireless Emergency Alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”

For more information on the test, you can read about it on the FEMA website here.

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