A national alert test for both WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) and EAS (Emergency Alert System) capabilities has been rescheduled to take place on October 3rd at 2:18 EDT. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will issue a Nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert testing the
Presidential WEA capabilities. The test message will be available to all compatible cell phones. Please note, some older cell phones may not receive the test message. The nationwide WEA test will be followed by a nationwide EAS test approximately 2 minutes after the WEA is issued.
Wednesday October 3, 2018 at 2:18 p.m. EDT for Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)
Wednesday October 3, 2018 at 2:20 p.m. EDT for Emergency Alert Systems (EAS)
The alert title will be “Presidential Alert”
The use of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) will be utilized for both tests (WEA and EAS).
The test will happen during the school day, so FEMA/FCC have teamed up with the Department of Education to make sure all
educators will be aware of the test.
An increase amount of sensitivity for preparedness and education is in current planning phases for the tests due to it being a Presidential Alert. This also may be the first time cell phone users will receive an alert. FEMA looks to have educational messages sent out publicly about a week prior to the test.
The times and order of the tests are on purpose so that once someone sees the ‘THIS IS A TEST’ alert on their phone, they may go to a radio or television and can see the same alert that will emphasize ‘THIS IS A TEST’.