On Wednesday, October 4, 2023, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The test will be sent to all cellphones, televisions, and radios in the United States.
The test will be conducted at approximately 2:20 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) and will last for approximately 30 minutes. The test message will be a Presidential Alert, which is the highest level of emergency alert. It will be accompanied by a loud sound and a vibration on cellphones.
The purpose of the test is to ensure that the EAS is working properly and that Americans are able to receive important emergency information. The EAS is used to alert the public to imminent threats to safety, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and Amber Alerts.
What to do when you receive the test message
If you receive the test message on Wednesday, there is no need to take any action. The message will be a test only and does not indicate that an actual emergency is happening.
If you have any questions about the test, you can contact FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or visit the FEMA website at https://www.fema.gov/.
Why is the test important?
The EAS is a critical tool for keeping the public safe during emergencies. By testing the system on a regular basis, FEMA and the FCC can ensure that it is working properly and that Americans are able to receive important emergency information.
How to prepare for an emergency
Even though the test message is just a test, it is a good reminder to be prepared for emergencies. Here are some tips:
- Have a plan for what to do if an emergency happens. This plan should include where you will go, what you will do, and how you will communicate with your family and friends.
- Make sure you have an emergency kit that includes food, water, first aid supplies, and other essential items.
- Stay informed about the weather and other potential hazards in your area.
- Monitor the news for information about emergencies.
By being prepared for emergencies, you can help keep yourself and your loved ones safe.