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Here’s why your phone or TV may temporarily blackout on October 4

FEMA and the FCC will be performing a nationwide test of both the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, October 4 around 1:20 p.m. CST which may temporarily cause your phone or TV to blackout.

The WEA test will be sent to all consumer cell phones, with the test message displaying in either English or Spanish depending on the language settings of the individual device. The EAS test will be sent to radios and TVs.

According to FEMA, most, but not all, people will receive the WEA test message on their cell phones, and cell phones that receive the message will only get it once. For consumers, the message that appears on their phones will read: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” Phones with the main menu set to Spanish will display: “ESTA ES UNA PRUEBA del Sistema Nacional de Alerta de Emergencia. No se necesita acción.”

The EAS message will state: “This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covering the United States from 14:20 to 14:50 hours ET. This is only a test. No action is required by the public.

For more info, visit https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/wireless-emergency-alerts-wea.

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