On Wednesday, the words “this is a TEST” will flash across the screen of any cell phone or television you may be using when the federal government tests its emergency alert system for informing the public about emergencies.
The Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts are used by the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System to distribute messages.
The Emergency Alert System is a national public warning system that is intended to give the president ten minutes to address the American people via particular media, such as radio and television, during a national emergency.
Additionally, wireless emergency alerts are brief messages that can only be 360 characters long that are sent to mobile devices to notify their owners of critical information.
Although these warnings are commonly utilized in specific locations to warn residents about things like tornadoes, Wednesday’s test is being conducted across the nation.
At 2:20 PM, Wednesday morning, Eastern, the test is set to begin. The National Wireless Emergency Alert System is being tested, and subscribers of wireless phones in the United States will receive a message to that effect.
There is nothing you need to do.” The incoming message will likewise sound, and the phone should vibrate.
The message will be delivered in Spanish to customers whose phones are set to that language. The test will run for 30 minutes starting at 2:20 p.m., but mobile phone owners will only receive one message. if, at 2:20 PM, they switch off their phones.
They will receive the message when they turn their phones back on in the following 30 minutes. They won’t receive the message if they switch on their phones after the allotted 30 minutes have passed.
A one-minute long message stating: “This is a countrywide 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, will be heard and seen by anybody watching broadcast or cable television or listening to the radio. Just consider this a test. The public does not need to take any action.
The systems must be evaluated at least once every three years, according to federal legislation. The most recent national test occurred on August 11, 2021. The test has sparked fabrications on social media that it’s part of a scheme to activate nanoparticles like graphene oxide that have been injected into people’s bodies by sending a signal to cell phones throughout the country.
Experts and FEMA representatives have refuted the assertions, but some social media users have said they will turn off their telephones on Wednesday.