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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