The federal government is doing a big alert test on October 4th. FEMA and the FCC will send out notifications to cellphones, radios, and TVs to test the national wireless alert system. They want to make sure the system, and the public’s knowledge of it, is ready in case of a real emergency.
During the cellphone part of the test, they’ll look at wireless alert systems across the country. If you’re in a good metro area, chances are you’ve already gotten an AMBER alert through this system. It can also send out alerts for threats and public safety, as well as presidential notices.
When it comes to the WEA part, FEMA will use their IPAWS, which is an online system that can send out emergency notifications through different networks.