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Nationwide Test for WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) & EAS (Emergency Alert System)

Thursday, August 30, 2018


On September 20, 2018 at 1:18 pm, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will issue a Nationwide Emergency Alert test through WEA the Wireless Emergency Alert System testing the Presidential WEA capabilities. The WEA test will be followed by a test of the EAS Emergency Alert System approximately two minutes after the WEA is issued. The WEA test will be received by all compatible cell phones. Some older cell phones may not receive the test message.

The times and order of the tests are on purpose so that once someone sees the “THIS IS A TEST” alert on their phone, they may go to a radio or television and see that same alert which will emphasize “THIS IS A TEST”. This test is designed to have a unified voice in test messaging and educate the public to lessen the potential for public panic.


Additional information is available here.



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