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What you need to know about emergency alert test set to hit phones Wednesday

  • FEMA will conduct a nationwide emergency alert test on Wednesday at 2:20 p.m. ET, involving cell phones, wireless devices, radios, and TVs. The test is part of a standard procedure required by federal law to ensure that the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are effective in warning the public about emergencies at a national level.
  • The test will interrupt regular television and radio programming for one minute, broadcasting a message that states it is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by FEMA. Cell phones will receive a test message stating "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."
  • Individuals concerned about their secret or emergency phones being revealed can turn their phones off before the test and wait for 30 minutes before turning them back on. Educators are advised to use this as a teaching opportunity to educate students about federal emergency management and preparedness initiatives.
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