A nationwide test of the Federal Emergency Alert System will be broadcast at approximately 1:20 p.m. (CDT). around the same time on cell phones, televisions and radios across the United States.
Most people with cell phones will receive an emergency alert, as will most people whose televisions or radios are on during the test.
As CBS News reports, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will conduct the test on Wednesday in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission. The emergency alerts that make up the test are divided into two groups – the Emergency Alert System (EAS) for radios and televisions and the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) for cell phones – although both are scheduled at the same time.
People who receive the test alert on their phone will see a message that says, “This is a test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System.” No action is required.”
This is the third nationwide test of wireless alarms and the second nationwide test broadcast to all cell phones, FEMA said in a statement.