Everyone in America with a cellphone will receive the same text message on October 3rd.
FEMA will conduct a nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert test on Oct. 3 at 12:18 p.m. MT that will be followed by a nationwide emergency alert test on broadcast TV and radio.
“The test will assess the readiness to distribute an emergency message nationwide and determine whether improvements are needed,” according to FEMA.
• Your phones and phones around you will make a strange and uncommon sound and will display the alert message on your home screen, according to FEMA. Similar to the Amber Alert tone.
• No actions are required for the test, which will be similar to the Emergency Alert System messages people commonly hear on the radio or see on television.
• The test will last about one minute.
• About 100 mobile carriers will partake in the test and there is no way to disable the alert.
Here’s what the EAS message will say:
“THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cellphones nationwide. Some cellphones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”