In coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) this summer.
The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests will begin at 2:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday, August 11th.
The Wireless Emergency Alert portion of the test will be directed only to consumer cell phones where the subscriber has opted-in to receive text messages. This test will be the second nationwide WEA test but the first national WEA test on a consumer opt-in basis. The test message will display in either English or Spanish, depending on the language settings of the wireless handset.
FEMA will send the Emergency Alert System portion of the test to radios and televisions. This test will be the sixth nationwide EAS test.
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