Nationwide WEA and EAS Test on Wednesday, Oct. 3

Posted at 12:30 p.m.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 3. The WEA portion of the test, which will be sent to consumer cellphones, will begin at 2:18 p.m. EDT. The EAS portion of the test, sent to radio and television, will follow at 2:20 p.m. EDT. 

This will be the fourth nationwide EAS test and the first nationwide WEA test.

The purpose of the test is to ensure that EAS and WEA are both effective means of warning the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level. Periodic testing of public alert and warning systems helps to assess the operational readiness of alerting infrastructure and to identify any needed technological and administrative improvements.

The EAS and WEA test messages will be sent using FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), a centralized Internet-based system administered by FEMA that enables authorities to send authenticated emergency messages to the public through multiple communications networks.

FEMA will administer the test, in cooperation with the FCC and the National Weather Service, and with the participation of the communications industry.

For more information, visit our article prior to the originally scheduled test on Sept. 20, which was postponed due to Hurricane Florence.


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