Nationwide Emergency Alert Test on Wednesday: What to Expect

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What is the emergency alert test? The emergency alert test is a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. The WEA system is used to send alerts to mobile devices about dangerous weather, missing children, and other situations that require immediate attention.

When will the test take place? The test will take place on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 2:20 PM Eastern Time (ET).

What will the test look like? On your phone, you will receive a loud alert sound and a pop-up message that says: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed." The message will also be in Spanish if your phone's language settings are set to Spanish.

Will the test interrupt my phone service? No, the test will not interrupt your phone service. You will still be able to make and receive calls and send and receive text messages during the test.

Why is the test being conducted? The test is being conducted to ensure that the WEA system is working properly and that alerts are being sent out quickly and efficiently.

What should I do if I receive the test alert? There is nothing you need to do if you receive the test alert. Simply ignore the alert and continue with your day.

What if I have questions about the test? If you have any questions about the test, you can visit the FEMA website or call the FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).