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Emergency alert system test


Power Poster III
Major Contributor
Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at approximately 2:20 PM Eastern Standard Time—you’ve been warned. Or, rather, you will be. But don’t take it personally. Pretty much everyone in the U.S. will receive the same message.

That’s the date the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Federal Communications Commission are scheduled to test their National Wireless Emergency Alert System, which will issue to every television, cellphone, and radio. The runthrough will actually consist of two parts, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). The former will transmit to radios and TVs, while the latter will issue to all consumer cell phones, according to FEMA’s announcement earlier this month.

Individuals with phones in range of a cell tower will receive a message to the effect of, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” Meanwhile, phones set to Spanish will receive the same bulletin in users’ default language. Television and radio broadcasts will be interrupted for approximately one minute with a message stating, “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.”

October 4 will mark the seventh instance of the EAS test beamed out to radios and televisions, while it will only be the second nationwide WEA test.

What I'm wondering if the alert will be silent (that is, no sound or vibration, just a pop-up) or not. When UK tested their system people could opt-in to not receive it if the alert would reveal that they had a phone and compromise their safety somehow. If it's not silent, that feels like something that should be thought of.
No shelters. No food. But we get a text. Pass out e-tools with "how to dig a bunker" cartoons instead.
So upbeat and fun ! I wonder if there as a similar jingle for an actual emergency.
🎶This is an actual emergency!
The missiles are on their way.
Call your family!
And take shelter today...
W-H-E-N.... Syracuse.....🎶