– Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alerting Systems –
On October 3 there will be a nationwide test of the emergency alert system and the wireless emergency alert system
The Wireless Emergency Alert portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the Emergency Alert System portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.
For further information on the test, go to https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.
How this may affect you
If you currently receive emergency alerts e.g. NH Alert for weather and other emergency alerts, FEMA alerts, NOAA alerts for severe weather messages you may get the test messages. If you do hear or receive any of the messages you will not be expected to take action, unless otherwise instructed.