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FEMA to send nationwide test message in October

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to conduct a nationwide test of its emergency alert systems on Oct. 4.

The test, slated for 2:20 p.m. Eastern, will take place in two portions: via Wireless Emergency Alerts (cellphone) and the Emergency Alert System (TV and radio).

“The purpose of the Oct. 4 test is to ensure the systems continue to be effective means of warning the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level,” a FEMA press release states. “In case the Oct. 4 test is postponed due to widespread severe weather or other significant events, the backup testing date is Oct. 11.”

The cellphone message will read, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” The alert will include a “unique tone” and vibration.

The EAS portion will last about a minute. The message will read: “This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covering the United States from 14:20 to 14:50 hours ET. This is only a test. No action is required by the public.”

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