National emergency alert test to be held on 10/3/18 from approximately 2:18 p.m. - 2:48 p.m. EDT.
Reminder: Wedesday, Wednesday, 10/3/18, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. The test will assess the operational readiness for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed. This will be the first nationwide WEA test. The WEA test will start at 2:18 PM EDT and all active wireless phones should receive the message within 30 minutes from the start time. The message will be: “Presidential Alert. This is a test of the Wireless Emergency Alert system. No action is required.” All Sprint wireless phones that are activated, switched on and within range of a cell tower will receive this alert.
This is only a test. The alert will be accompanied by a loud tone. After receiving the alert, you can delete it by clicking Dismiss. This will be similar to an Amber alert, bur for national emergencies. There will be no fee or charge associated with the message.
What is this alert and why did I get it?
Will I be charged for this?
Is this test gathering my personal data or location?
Who is doing this test?
Why does it say “Presidential Alert”?
Have tests happened before?
How long is this test happening?
Why did I get it but my neighbor/friend/family member didn’t?
Why might my phone not have displayed the message?
This is annoying. I don’t want to get these.
All devices: Please refer to your user guide or your device manufacturer’s customer care centers if you need assistance disabling Wireless Emergency Alerts on your phone.
I’ve already opted out of WEAs, why did I get this?
Why can’t I opt out of Presidential Alerts?
How many people will receive this message?
For additional information, visit the FEMA site