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THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System, no action is needed

FEMA is required by law to conduct national tests of the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) at least once every three years.



Tomorrow at 2:20pm, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be conducting a test. Users should anticipate receiving an emergency alert on their phones.

The message will read: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

Test messages will be broadcasted to all cellphones, televisions, and radios, including sound and vibration on phones.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are conducting this test to prepare for real emergencies.

The goal is to confirm that the emergency messaging system functions seamlessly in the event of threats to public safety, such as natural disasters, terrorism, or other hazards.

You may recognize the distinctive sounds accompanying National Weather Service and AMBER (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) alerts. The cellphone alerts on Wednesday will utilize the same wireless system.