Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alerting System

On Wednesday, October 3rd, a nationwide test of the emergency alerting system will be conducted by FEMA, in coordination for the FCC;  testing of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), and the Emergency Alert System (EAS), 
The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 pm EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 pm EDT.  The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed. 
The national test will use the same special tone as with a Tornado or AMBER Alert. 
The WEA system is used to warn the public of dangerous weather, missing children and other critical situations.  The WEA test message will have a header that reads “Presidential Alert” and a text that reads, THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alerting System. No action is needed. 
The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency.  A TEST MESSAGE will also follow the Alert.