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Thu Aug 3, 2023, 06:25 PM Aug 2023

Don't be alarmed: FCC and FEMA planning nationwide test [View all]

Source: The Hill

Don’t be alarmed: FCC and FEMA planning nationwide test

BY ALIX MARTICHOUX - 08/03/23 5:36 PM ET

(NEXSTAR) – A peaceful Wednesday afternoon in October will be briefly interrupted by blaring alerts on cell phones, TVs and radios as several federal agencies perform a joint test.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission — better known as FEMA and the FCC — are running the test of the country’s Emergency Alert System (EAS), plus the Wireless Emergency Alert system that goes out to mobile devices.

The test of both systems will take place Wednesday, Oct. 4, at approximately 2:20 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

At that time, and for 30 minutes after, cell phones that are switched on and within range of a cell phone tower will get a message that reads “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”


Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/4136469-dont-be-alarmed-fcc-and-fema-planning-nationwide-test/

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