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October 03, 2018

National Wireless Emergency Alerts Test Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Every Vermonter with a cell phone turned on and within cell service will receive a test message from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 2:18 p.m. on October 3. FEMA will conduct a nationwide test of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) at that time.

The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones.

The WEA test message will have a header that reads "Presidential Alert" and text that says "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."

An Emergency Alert System (EAS) test will follow on broadcast stations at 2:20 p.m. that same day.

The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones.

Should there be an actual emergency; the notification will include specific information on the incident.

For more information on these tests visit: https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.

This test is not from the state of Vermont and is independent of all state notification systems, including Vermont Alert.

Source: Department of Public Safety
Last Updated at: October 03, 2018 07:35:57