Originally planned for Sept. 20, the FEMA test is now pushed further until Oct. 3 of this year. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA along with The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced on Monday that it has postponed the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) from Thursday, Sept. 20, to Oct. 3,on the account of ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has originally passed an order stating that it will conduct a test of the national system that allows “presidential alerts” to hit the majority of cell phones with the goal being to warn residents of national emergencies and dangerous weather. The warning system shall provide the president all the communication capability to address the nation during a national emergency. The test was first scheduled to occur at 2:18 p.m. EDT Thursday.
Cell phone users will receive a message with a header reading “Presidential Alert.” The text then will pop up as “THIS IS A TEST conducted by the National Wireless Emergency Alert System; No action is needed.” This test, is set to be the first nationwide alert one of its kind to assess the operational readiness of the emergency infrastructure for distribution of a national message. It is to determine if technological improvements are needed. The test now postponed to next month will be conducted in conjunction with radio, television, and cable operators in all U.S. states, territories and tribal lands. The WEA test will take place with the assistance from the wireless providers.