THIS IS ONLY A TEST: Emergency Alert Test on October 3, 2018

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system on October 3, 2018. 

The WEA test will begin at 11:18 PDT. The EAS test will begin at 11:20 PDT. 

The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e. Tornado Warning, AMBER Alert). Users cannot opt out of receiving the WEA test.

For more information on this test, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions and a public service announcement using American Sign Language, visit