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Nationwide Emergency Alert Test

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a national test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) on October 4, 2023. The national test will help ensure that Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) continue to be effective ways to warn the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level.

The test will reach millions of mobile phones across the country via Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), radio and television via the Emergency Alert System (EAS), and other communication pathways.

The test will take place at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 4, 2023. The backup testing date is October 11, 2023.

This is a standard test that occurs at least once every three years. No action is needed. 

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