The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has now rescheduled the nationwide test of emergency alerts systems for Wednesday, October 3, 2018 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. The alert is scheduled to be sent at 1:18PM (CDT).
The national alert test message will first be sent through the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system to cellular phones. The cell phone message will look like a text message yet with a unique sound and vibration. The message will have a header that reads "Presidential Alert" and text that says: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) will also be activated. It is scheduled to last approximately one minute and affect radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers.
FEMA and the nation’s emergency management community remain committed to the life-saving activities occuring through parts of North Carolina and South Carolina.