Test on Wednesday of national system of cellphone alerts

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alert. The test will occur at 2:18 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The goal is to test the system for distribution of nationwide emergency or disaster messages. This will be the first nationwide test of this kind.

As part of the test, most mobile phones across the country will receive a message reading, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."

Please note that this is a federal test direct to cellphones nationwide. It is not a part of the Johns Hopkins Emergency Alerts system, which Johns Hopkins uses to send emergency alert text messages.

More information on this test is available from FEMA here. .