“This is only a test.”
That’s the message everyone across the United States will receive on their cell phones, TVs, and radios on Wednesday, October 4.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts tomorrow at approximately 11:20 a.m.
Because this test will occur during school hours, we want you to be aware of it.
What to Expect:
- Beginning at approximately 11:20 AM PST, all powered-on cell phones within range of a cell tower will receive the test alert message during the 30-minute test window, but each phone will only receive the message once.
- A loud tone, similar to an emergency siren, will sound on all powered-on devices.
- On television screens and radio stations, a message will indicate that it's a test of the Emergency Alert System.
- On your cell phone, you'll receive a notification about the test.
According to FEMA, this test message will display on cell phones: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No Action is Needed."