While Americans are getting increasingly used to emergency alerts from local police and fire officials, on October 4 at 2:20 p.m. ET they’ll receive something a little different.
“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed,” the alert should read. It will be sent to all consumer cell phones in either English or in Spanish, depending on the language settings of the wireless handset.
Simultaneously, an emergency alert will also be sent out to radios and televisions. It will be much like those viewers receive monthly as part of the Emergency Alert System and accompanied by that prolonged “unique tone,” as FEMA terms it.
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What Was That Emergency Alert On My Phone? FEMA & FCC Test Nationwide Alert To Cellular Devices, TVs & Radios On October 4 https://t.co/iltlskUxRh
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