The federal government has given a warning to the public about an upcoming national test of the Emergency Alert System. This test, planned for Wednesday afternoon, aims to ensure the readiness of the emergency message system in the event of natural disasters, terrorism, or other threats to public safety. The test will be performed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Emergency Alert System Test: (Time and Date)
The national test is set to begin at approximately 2:20 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 4. The testing window will last for 30 minutes, during which time the test texts will be sent to all cell phones, TV and radios. It’s important to remember that people should only receive the test letter once during this time. However, if a real situation happens on the same day, the test may be postponed and a backup test has been planned for the following week.
On cell phones, the test alert will show the following message: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” For phones set to Spanish language settings, the message will read: “ESTA ES UNA PRUEBA del Sistema Nacional de Alerta de Emergencia. No se necesita acción.”
Television and radio programs will announce: “This is a national test of the Emergency Alert System, given 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 needed by the public.”
FEMA is required by law to perform national tests of the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) at least once every three years. The last national test took place in 2021, and this frequent testing ensures that the emergency message system is working quickly and successfully.
This national emergency alert system test serves as a key component of our readiness efforts to protect the safety, and well-being of Americans in the face of possible emergencies, including natural disasters and security threats. We encourage and suggest the public to be aware of all this upcoming test and it’s goal in improving our national disaster reaction capabilities.
There are certain types of alert messages, those are sent in a timely way whenever they are needed for public safety.
Like “Amber Alert”, “Silver Alert”, “Blue Alert”, “Endangered Missing”, “Camo” and “Clear” messages. These alerts are linked to particular events as well as what safety steps are to be taken.