The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) alongside the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a nationwide testing of the federal emergency alert system on October 4.
This means cell phones across the United States will be alerted through a text as part of the test, while television channels and radio stations will broadcast it.
While it may generate panic among those unfamiliar with it, nationwide testing for the Emergency Alert System is nothing new and has been tested six times between November 2011 and August 2021.
According to FEMA, this will be the third time they have tested wireless alerts nationwide, and the second time the test was transmitted to all mobile phones.
What to Expect From the Emergency Test
At exactly 2:20 pm ET, mobile devices within the United States will be alerted with a text that reads: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."
The message will also be displayed in Spanish on phones that use it as the default language.
In a video, FEMA emphasized the importance of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System Testing in times of disaster and how getting alerts out on time can save lives.
"We want to make sure that when it counts, we can keep you informed," FEMAćs statement concluded.