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Wireless Emergency Test This Afternoon

/ WDAC

WASHINGTON, DC – FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts this afternoon. The Wireless Emergency Alert portion of the test, which will be sent to consumer cell phones, will begin at 2:18 p.m. Eastern Time. The Emergency Alert System portion of the test, which will be sent to radio and TV, will follow at 2:20 p.m. Eastern Time. This will be the fourth nationwide EAS test and the first nationwide WEA test. The WEA test message will appear on consumers’ phones and read, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” Phones will display this national test using the header “Presidential Alert.”

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