October 3, 2018: National Test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 9:30am

Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alerting Systems Postponed Until October 3, 2018

WASHINGTON –FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), postponed the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) until October 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

On October 3, 2018 at approximately 2:20 EDT FEMA will issue a Nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts to test national warning capabilities. The test message will be sent to all radio, TV,  and compatible cell phones. Some cell phones may not receive the test message. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

October 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set up for this Thursday, September 20. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. FEMA and the nation’s emergency management community remain committed to the life-saving activities occurring through parts of North Carolina and South Carolina.

For further information on the test, go to https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Anton, Operations and Planning Section Chief, at the ND Division of Homeland Security, Department of Emergency Services, 701.328.8124.