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Presidential Alert System to Be Tested Nationwide Today

FYSA - This afternoon, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be issuing its first test of the “Presidential Alert” system, which is a new way to notify Americans across the country of national emergencies. Beginning at approximately 2:18pm EDT, FEMA will issue an alert to cellphones nationwide with the message: “Presidential Alert: THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

Similar to other Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) System alerts like severe-weather warnings issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) for your local area, this Presidential Alert test message will be accompanied by a special tone and vibration on your cellphone once it is issued. This test should only last for approximately one minute. As the test message states, no action is needed.

For more information, please visit DHS/FEMA webpage at: and the Federal Communications Commission webpage at:

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