As part of September’s National Preparedness Month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will send a test message on September 20 at approximately 2:18 pm to all cellphone users within range of an active cell tower. The message will read “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

This will be the first national test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA).  At 2:20 pm (about two minutes later) another test emergency message will be sent out on the Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) – which is TV and radio broadcasts.

The times and order of the tests are purposeful, so that once someone sees the 'THIS IS A TEST' alert on their phone, they may go to a radio or television and can see the same alert that will emphasize 'THIS IS A TEST'.

Visit the FEMA website for more information.