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FEMA, FCC schedule nationwide emergency alert tests for October

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in conjunction with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revealed plans to test the national Emergency Alert System on Oct. 4.


The upcoming assessment will comprise two distinct alerts: the Emergency Alert System (EAS) broadcasting to televisions and radios, and the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) that will send messages to cell phones reading “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System.

No action is needed.” This marks the seventh test of the EAS and the second-ever for the WEA. Depending on individual device settings, the message will be in either English or Spanish.



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