Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal
Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide Integrated Public
Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.
The test will take place in two parts: the WEA portion starting at 2:18 p.m. ET, followed by the EAS portion at 2:20 p.m. EDT.
is the first nationwide WEA test conducted, and the fourth for the EAS.
The overall test will assess the operational readiness of the
infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine
whether technological improvements are needed.
cell phone users nationwide will receive an alert tone on their phone
and a test message that reads "This is a TEST of the National Wireless
Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."