Wednesday, October 4, 2023

National Emergency Test: What You Need to Know

Are you prepared for the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) national test on October 4, 2023

Don't Panic.

Here's a Cool Tip.  It's Only a Test.

IPAWS is a nationwide system that can be used to send emergency alerts to people's cell phones, radios, and televisions. 

The national test will be used to assess the readiness of IPAWS and to make sure that it is working properly.

FEMA Wireless Emergency Alert
fig. 1 - Wireless Emergency Alert

On October 4, 2023, at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET, you may receive a test alert on your cell phone. 

The alert will be loud and attention-grabbing, and it will say something like "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is required."

You may also receive a test alert on your radio or television. 

The alert will be similar to the one on your cell phone, but it will be delivered through the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

If you receive a test alert, there is no need to take any action. 

Just acknowledge the alert and move on.

The IPAWS national test is a good opportunity to test your emergency preparedness plan and to make sure that you are receiving emergency alerts properly.

Be Prepared!

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Source: FEMA

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