WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communication Commission will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts this week.
The test will take place Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 11:20 a.m. Arizona time.
Every cellular phone will receive a text about the test, in either English or Spanish, depending on the language settings on the phone.
At the same time, radio and television stations will broadcast the test.
“The purpose of the Oct. 4 test is to ensure that the systems continue to be effective means of warning the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level. In case the Oct. 4 test is postponed due to widespread severe weather or other significant events, the back-up testing date is Oct. 11,” FEMA officials said in announcing the test.