Nationwide emergency alert tests scheduled for October 3

Nationwide alert tests for both the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place on Oct. 3 starting at 1:18 p.m. CDT. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will issue the WEA test on all compatible cell phones. The WEA test will be followed by an EAS test approximately two minutes later.

The WEA test is a free message sent directly to cell phones and features a special tone and vibration. The test message will read “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

Additional WEA information:

  • All major cell phone providers are participating in WEA, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.
  • Customers who own a WEA compatible wireless phone have the ability to receive geo-targeted alerts of imminent threats to safety in their area through unique tones and vibration.
  • WEA is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones.
  • No subscription is needed. WEAs may already be enabled on your wireless cell phone or tablet.
  • WEAs will show: event type, area affected, recommended action, expiration time and sending agency.
  • WEAs are sent by state and local public safety officials, the National Weather Service, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the President.
  • If you receive a WEA, check the radio or television for additional information.

The EAS test is made available to EAS participants (e.g., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to the regular monthly EAS tests.

More information on WEA and EAS is available at