There will also be a television broadcast and radio alert at 2:20 p.m. EDT, which has been tested for several years. "Periodic testing is a way to access the operational readiness of the infrastructure and determine whether technological improvements are needed". Here's what you need to know about these "presidential" alerts.
The EAS test message will be distributed through radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers.
Those interested can visit https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test, for additional information.
The Oct. 3 WEA test will be sent through the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System. But those amber and weather alerts target specific regions. Wireless phones should receive the message only once. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e. Tornado Warning, AMBER Alert). "This is also a preparedness opportunity to remind citizens how important it is to have multiple options for receiving emergency alerts and warnings at home, on the road, and at work".
It is a part of FEMA's system to warn citizens in case of national emergencies.
This is the fourth Emergency Alert System nationwide test and the first national Wireless Emergency Alert test. A test of the new alert system is scheduled for this Wednesday after being postponed due to Hurricane Florence.
Cell phones across the country are set to light up with a message from the federal government at 2:18 p.m. on Wednesday.
If you get an emergency alert on your phone Wednesday afternoon, don't be alarmed.
Government agencies nationwide have issued more than 40,000 emergency alerts to cell phones since 2012. This test will last about a minute and will will be similar to the regular monthly test message.
This is the United States government we're talking about here, so get ready for some acronyms. If your cell is on and you have service, you will likely receive it and can not stop it. "No action is needed", officials said. It will be accompanied by a national alert tone. They said a person on a call lasting 30 minutes may not get the alert as with phones with an active data connection. "No action is required".