WARNING: Don't Be Alarmed When Your Cell Phone Receives an Emergency Alert This Week

Phones across the US are set to light up this week as a result of a comprehensive test of the national emergency alert systems.

Both the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission are gearing up to evaluate the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on Wednesday, October 4, at 2:20 p.m. Eastern time. This examination will occur in two segments: one targeting mobile phones and the other broadcasted on radio and TV channels.

To ensure the alert is perceived by everyone, FEMA highlights that it will come with a distinctive tone and vibration. Following the start of the test on Wednesday, phones are expected to get the message once within the subsequent 30 minutes.

"The purpose of the Oct. 4 test is to ensure that the systems continue to be effective means of warning the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level," FEMA and the FCC explained in a statement.

The WEA trial will reach Americans' mobile devices, delivering a message stating, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."

For devices set to Spanish as the primary language, the alert will read "ESTA ES UNA Prueba del Sistema Nacional de Alerta de Emergencia. No se necesita acción."

The organization emphasized that this constitutes the third nationwide evaluation of the platform. However, only the second time since its inception in 2012 has the test been sent to every cell phone.

Simultaneously with the WEA trial, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will dispatch messages to radios and TVs.

This process, lasting roughly a minute, will involve radio and TV stations, cable systems, satellite radio and TV services, as well as wireline video providers. This will mark the seventh countrywide evaluation of the EAS.

The broadcasted EAS message will declare: "This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covering the United States from 14:20 to 14:50 hours ET. This is only a test. No action is required by the public."

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