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Posted on: October 2, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Nationwide test of emergency alert system

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The City of Summit is sharing information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on a nationwide test of its emergency alert systems on October 4. 

FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) beginning at approximately 2:20PM ET on Wednesday, October 4. The purpose of this test is to ensure that these systems continue to be effective means of communication to the public about national emergencies. 

A test message will be sent to all cellular devices in either English or Spanish, depending on the language settings of the device. Citizens will receive a message that reads “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” A similar message will be sent to radios and televisions as part of the EAS portion of the test. 

In the event that the test is postponed due to severe weather or other significant events, it will be rescheduled to Wednesday, October 11. 

More information is available on the FEMA website.

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