FEMA to test emergency alert system Wednesday afternoon
WASHINGTON — If you get an odd notification on your phone, TV, or radio this afternoon, don’t fret. It’s just a test.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Federal Communications Commission are conducting a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts today.
The test will be split into two portions and is scheduled to begin today, August 11, at 2:20 p.m.
The EAS national test is very similar to regular monthly tests typically originated by state authorities, FEMA officials said in a press release. During the test, radios and televisions across the country may interrupt normal programming to play the EAS test message.
The WEA test will be directed only to consumer cell phones where the subscriber has opted-in to receive test messages, which will be in either English or Spanish, depending on the device’s language settings. Most mobile phones will not display the test message. Instructions for how to opt-in to receive the test message on mobile devices can be found here.
Those who don’t opt in to receive the test message will still get real emergency alerts on compatible phones, FEMA said.
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