CELL PHONE ALERT (TEST) COMING TO YOU FROM FEMA
At 2:20 p.m. on October 4th, the federal government will test its nationwide Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts.
The purpose is to ensure that the systems continue to be an effective means of warning the public about national emergencies.
All wireless phones should receive the message only once. People with cell phones will get a message that reads: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” Phones with the main menu set to Spanish will display: “ESTA ES UNA PRUEBA del Sistema Nacional de Alerta de Emergencia. No se necesita acción.”
To help ensure that these alerts are accessible to the entire public, including people with disabilities, the alerts are accompanied by a unique tone and vibration. FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are coordinating with Emergency Alert System participants, wireless providers, emergency managers and other stakeholders in preparation for this national test to minimize confusion and to maximize the public safety value of the test.