An emergency alert test will go to your cell phone Wednesday

An emergency alert test will go to your cell phone Wednesday

FEMA and the FCC will conduct a nationwide test of its emergency alert system at 2:18 p.m. october 3, according to a news release from James City County.

The alert will go out to mobile phones at 2:18 p.m. and it will followed by similar emergency alert system tests broadcast on radio and television stations throughout the country.

Wednesday afternoon's message is the first nationwide test of the system built by the government and cell phone carriers to push an emergency message to almost all cell phones in the U.S., a senior FEMA official told reporters on a Tuesday conference call. "No action is needed" and will display the header "Presidential Alert".

For the first time ever on Wednesday, Americans nationwide will receive an alert on their cell phones from President Trump.

"This is a notification regarding the Nationwide Emergency Alert System and Wireless Alert System Test", the district wrote in a message to parents.

You can click on the "Related Link" with this story to go directly to FEMA's website with additional information about what to expect.

While FEMA is responsible for sending the alerts, it reported that President Donald Trump "has sole responsibility for determining when the national-level EAS will be activated". So older phones with updated software may still get the alerts. Trump's text is part of a new national security measure, which you can learn more about below!




The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it'll sound like an Amber Alert or flood warning. Since its launch in 2012, the WEA system been used more than 40,000 times. This test will last about a minute and will will be similar to the regular monthly test message.

There will also be a way for cell phone users to partially unsubscribe to the alerts if desired.

Millions of cell phones will beep, chirp and vibrate at exactly 2:18 p.m. Wednesday.

FEMA will also run a test of its Emergency Alert System (EAS) for radio and television broadcasters the same day, beginning two minutes after the WEA test.

The EAS message will read: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System".

The official said the system includes safeguards. However, officials said this is on your cell carrier's end. Others will not. No action is required.

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