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Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA) Test

Glen Burnie, MD. (October 2, 2018) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be conducting the first-ever nationwide test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. IPAWS encompasses the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA), which provides authenticated emergency alerts and information from emergency officials to warn the public of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters or threats to public safety.

The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The message will be broadcasted on radio, TV, cable stations, cell phones, and Internet applications.

“We don't want anyone to be alarmed. Alerts will be received in the form of loud tones and a pop up message your phone,” said J. Kevin Aftung, Director of Office of Emergency Management.

The WEA test message will read:
“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

The EAS message will read:
“THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency, an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar Wireless Emergency Alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”

This test is being conducted by FEMA in coordination with the FCC. For more information visit:

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