Emergency Alert System Set To Be Tested Today On Cell Phones

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test for about 30 minutes starting at 2:18 p.m. ET

The national Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system will be tested today after a nearly two-week delay.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (WFTV) – The national Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system will be tested today after a nearly two-week delay.

Originally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was set to test the two emergency systems on Sept. 20, but the test had been rescheduled to the backup date of Oct. 3 due to the impact of Hurricane Florence.

During the IPAWS test, FEMA will send a wireless emergency alert, or WEA, to all cellphones with wireless providers that take part in WEA.

Cell towers, according to FEMA, will broadcast the test for about 30 minutes starting at 2:18 p.m. EDT.

If a cell phone is powered on, in range of an active tower and the owner’s wireless company is taking part, the device will receive a message one time that says: “Presidential Alert: THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

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