Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test Rescheduled for October 3rd, 2018

For Immediate Release

For Immediate Release
Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test Rescheduled to October 3

The Nationwide Emergency Alert System test was originally scheduled for September 20,
2018, but has been rescheduled due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

“The Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) in partnership with the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a mandatory nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System
(EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. The WEA test message will be
sent on October 3rd at 1:18 p.m. CDT and the EAS test message will be sent at 1:20 p.m. CDT” said Dale Lane,
Director Shelby County Office of Preparedness. FEMA will conduct the test with the FCC and the National
Weather Service. Broadcast TV, radio, cable, satellite, wireline video, and other service providers will participate.
Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test:
The EAS test message is distributed to radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and
television and wireline video providers. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages
with which the public is familiar and interrupts programming for approximately one minute. The wording will be
similar to the monthly EAS test message:
“This is a Test of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable
operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal
Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had
been an actual emergency, an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this
message. A similar Wireless Emergency Alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell
phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.” The public should receive both audio
and on-screen text conveying “This is only a test.”
Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Test:
WEA is a free public safety system that allows customers with wireless phones and other compatible mobile
devices to receive geographically-targeted, text-like messages alerting them of imminent threats to safety in their
area. Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test message for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 1:18 p.m. CST.
Cell phones should receive the message only once, and will use the same special tone and vibration as with all
WEA messages (e.g. tornado warnings and AMBER Alerts).
The WEA test message will be a Presidential Alert and will read:
“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
The tests will evaluate the ability of emergency officials to send emergency information while ensuring EAS and
WEA effective. End of Release