US Phones To Sound Alarm On October 4
US phones to sound alarm on October 4as a nationwide test to evaluate the government's mass communication capabilities. It might be a good idea to mark the calendar, as the alarm will ring out as a part of a nationwide test conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to evaluate the effectiveness of the government's mass communication options. In preparation, Americans are advised to plan ahead to avoid any unwarranted disturbances during this day.
In coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, the test will occur in two parts: one for the Wireless Emergency Alerts and the other for the Emergency Alert System.
At precisely 2:20 pm ET, phones will emit a unique tone and vibration to ensure the message is received by everyone, including individuals with disabilities.
A text will appear on the phones, stating: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” This alert will display in either English or Spanish, depending on the phone's language settings. FEMA notes that phones that are WEA-compatible, switched on, and within the range of an active cell tower should be capable of receiving this test message.
WEAs can be issued for emergencies at the national, state, or local level. WEAs can be issued for presidential alerts, amber alerts, and imminent threats, including weather alerts.
These warnings, issued by the National Weather Service and disseminated over cell phone towers by FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), cover the most severe weather warnings including tsunamis, tornadoes, flash floods, hurricanes, typhoons, extreme winds, dust storms, snow squalls, and destructive severe thunderstorms. A cell phone must be WEA capable of receiving these alerts, and only cell phones connected to cell towers in the impacted areas will receive them.
Not just limited to phones, TVs, and radios will also join in on the test, emitting the same alarm sound. The test is set to last approximately one minute and will influence radio and television broadcast stations, cable systems, satellite radio, and other television and video providers.
The broadcast 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."
This initiative is to mimic the events that might unfold in a real emergency, ensuring that the systems in place for mass communication are effective and reliable. Although it is all set for October 4, FEMA has arranged a back-up testing date on October 11 in the event that severe weather or another situation causes a disruption to the initial plan.
The test of the alert system is to ensure that all aspects of the system continue to work properly. The test could be postponed due to severe weather in a large part of the country, which would push the test date to the backup date of October 11th. The test may also be impacted or postponed if the federal government shuts down.
While the testing might cause a brief disturbance, it serves a significant purpose in evaluating and enhancing the nation’s emergency communication systems, ensuring that people are promptly and adequately informed in times of crisis. The FEMA encourages everyone to be prepared and informed about this scheduled test to prevent unnecessary panic or confusion when the alarms sound off across various platforms on October 4.