FCC Announces Nationwide WEA Test on Oct. 4

On August 3, 2023, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (“Bureau”) released a Public Notice announcing that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”), in coordination with the FCC, will conduct nationwide tests of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (“WEA”) on October 4, 2023.

FEMA will initiate the WEA test at 2:18 pm EDT on October 4, 2023, using the National Alert classification of Alert Message. The test will be sent to the entire United States and its territories. Members of the public with mobile device service from a CMS provider that participates in WEA in their areas will receive the test message, which will read “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” The WEA alert will be transmitted in both English and Spanish in both 90 and 360 character sets.  All wireless providers that have elected to participate in WEA are required to participate in this nationwide test.

If conditions on October 4, 2023 require the rescheduling of the tests, they will be conducted on October 11, 2023.

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