Your Phones Will Blow Up On Wednesday, Oct 4th!
FEMA Phone Alert Check: What to Expect on October 4, 2023
On October 4, 2023, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. WEAs are text messages that are sent to mobile phones to warn people of imminent danger, such as severe weather, earthquakes, or active shooter situations.
The test WEA will be sent to all compatible mobile phones within the United States. It will be a brief message that reads:
THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.
The test message will be accompanied by a loud, distinctive tone and vibration. It will be sent at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET and should take no more than 30 minutes to complete.
What to do if you receive the test WEA
If you receive the test WEA, there is no need to take any action. Simply read the message and note the time it was sent. You can also report that you received the test message to FEMA at https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_ipaws-guidance-….
Why is FEMA testing the WEA system?
FEMA tests the WEA system regularly to ensure that it is working properly and that people are receiving the alerts they need to stay safe. The test also helps to raise awareness of the WEA system and encourage people to learn more about it.
How to make sure you receive WEAs
To make sure you receive WEAs, make sure that your mobile phone is compatible with the system. You can check with your wireless provider to see if your phone is compatible and to opt in to receive WEAs.
You can also check your phone's settings to make sure that WEAs are enabled. On iPhones, go to Settings > Notifications > Emergency Alerts. On Android phones, go to Settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced > Emergency alerts.
More information about WEAs
For more information about WEAs, visit the FEMA website at https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/practitioners/integrated-public….