FEMA emergency alert system test to occur Wednesday, Oct. 4

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will hold a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The tests are scheduled to begin at about 2:20 p.m.

While this is only a test of the system, it will occur during school hours and could cause confusion, so it’s important to be aware of the following information:

    • The Wireless Emergency Alerts portion of the test will be directed to all consumer cell phones and will include a notification with a vibration and an alert tone. The message will say “This is a test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
    • The Emergency Alert System portion of the test will be sent to radio and televisions and will last for about 60 seconds. The Emergency Alert System message will say: “This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covering the United States from 14:20 to 14:50 hours ET. This is only a test. No action is required by the public.”

The test will be conducted to ensure that those emergency warning systems continue to be an effective way to warn the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level.

In case the Oct. 4 test is postponed because of widespread severe weather or other significant events, the backup testing date is Wednesday, Oct. 11.