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Posted on: September 6, 2018

Test of the Wireless Emergency Alert & Emergency Alert Systems October 3, 2018

FEMA and the FCC will conduct a nationwide combined test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) on October 3, 2018. (The test was postponed due to Hurricane Florence.) WSNP-LP, 105.9 FM radio, will participate in the test.

At 2:18 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), FEMA will send a WEA test message to WEA capable wireless devices throughout the entire United States and territories. All wireless providers that have elected to participate in WEA are required to participate in this nationwide test. The WEA test message will state: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is
needed."

Immediately following the WEA nationwide end-to-end test, at 2:20 p.m. EDT, FEMA will conduct a live test of the EAS. All EAS Participants are required to participate in this nationwide test. The following EAS message will be disseminated via the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS): "THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones in the nation. Some cell phones will receive the message. Others will not. No action is required."

WSNP-LP and the FCC invite members of the public and interested stakeholder organizations that are in a position to observe test results in their communities to provide feedback on the test, including any problems observed or any other complications in the delivery of the WEA or EAS test message during the nationwide test, by reporting their observations to the Public Safety Support Center at https://www.fcc.gov/general/publicsafety-support-center.

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