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FEMA wireless emergency alert test October 3

FEMA wireless emergency alert test October 3

On Wednesday, October 3, beginning at 11:18 a.m Pacific time, US wireless carriers will send a text alert from FEMA to all WEA-enabled wireless phones across the country to test a new national public warning system.  

The message will have a header that reads "Presidential Alert" and a text that says, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert system. No action is needed."

This is the first national test of the WEA system which is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages.

Wireless phone users cannot opt out of this alert, even if they have opted out of others, such as Amber alerts. While the wireless networks will repeat the broadcast of the test alert during a 30-minute period, each handset should only receive the alert message once.

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