Mainers, Watch For A National Emergency Alert Test Text Wednesday
Not to worry Maine, the end of the world is not coming on Wednesday!
Don't freak out on Wednesday, when you get an alert on your phone at exactly 2:20pm this coming Wednesday, as the famous line goes "This is only a test" Obviously, it could be a scary thing if you don't know about it beforehand, so here now, is your official warning.
A National Emergency Alert Test will affect all U.S. iPhones, TV's and radios, when FEMA and the FCC will be holding a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, and Wireless Emergency Alerts, on October 4th.
The test, is set to take place at 2:20p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and will consist of two portions that will occur at the same time.
Here is how it breaks down:
- The EAS section will handle sending the test message to televisions and radios at the time, and will be the seventh cross-U.S. test of its kind.
- The second portion, of WEA, will target all consumer cell phones and smartphones. It will be the second test that will hit all cellular devices.
- Wireless phones should receive a test message accompanied by a unique tone and vibrations. The messages will read: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
- People listening to radio and television broadcasts will hear a one-minute test message similar to the regular monthly test. It will state: “This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by y 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 required by the public.”
So take a deep breath and relax, because it is just a test!
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