National Test of the Emergency Alert System Rescheduled for Oct. 3, 2018

Due to the ongoing response to Hurricane Florence, the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts will now be conducted on the backup date of Oct. 3, 2018.

Oct. 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set for Thursday, September 20. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. The WEA portion of the test will start at 2:18 p.m. EDT on Oct. 3, and the EAS portion will follow at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test, being held in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

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