Monday, October 2, 2023

EAS Test on Wednesday, October 4th

 On Wednesday, smartphone users across the U.S. can expect to receive an Emergency Alert Test. However, no immediate action is required from the public.

What Happened: The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission or FCC are gearing up for a nationwide Emergency Alert System or EAS and Wireless Emergency Alerts or WEA test, aimed at ensuring the readiness of the country’s communication infrastructure during emergencies.
“The purpose of the Oct. 4 test is to ensure that the systems continue to be effective means of warning the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level,” said the FCC in the press release.The emergency alert will be broadcast simultaneously across all U.S. time zones, starting precisely at 2:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The time may differ Depending on where you are in the country.
The test will last around one minute and occur only once, with no repeated alerts.
In the event of severe weather or other significant circumstances, if the test is postponed, a backup test date has been scheduled for Oct. 11.

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