A joint test by FEMA and the FCC of the existing Emergency Alert System (EAS) and wireless emergency alerts (WEA).
WEA messages are the loud messages that take over your phone, warning about severe weather, such as Flood Warning or AMBER alerts when a child is missing in your area.
The test message for Wednesday October 3, 201 will simply read: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
The message today isn’t coming from President Donald Trump, but in the future, a presidential alert could come directly from the president if there’s a national emergency.
The WEA test will last for about a half hour, and the alert tone will sound the same as the alert tones you might have heard during a Flood Warning or AMBER Alert.
Another test, through EAS, will send a similar message to TV, radio, cable and satellite providers. This alert will last about a minute, FEMA said.
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? TODAY (10/3): At 2:18 PM EDT, we will be testing the Wireless Emergency Alert system nationwide. Expect a message box on your phone along with a loud tone and vibration.
— FEMA (@fema) October 3, 2018
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 3, 2018
— The FCC (@FCC) October 3, 2018
Note for NOAA Weather Radio listeners: the test alert tones just sent were for the routine required weekly test & not associated with the national alert test today. Let us know if you heard the weather radio test loud and clear. #ilwx #inwx
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) October 3, 2018