Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) provides notice to all Participating Commercial
Mobile Service (CMS) Providers,
Emergency Alert System (EAS) Participants, and to the public that,
described below, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the FCC,
will conduct a nationwide combined test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) and EAS on September
20, 2018, with a back-up date of October 3, 2018.
At 2:18 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), FEMA will send a WEA test message to WEA-
capable wireless devicesthroughout the entire United States and territories.
have elected to participate in WEA are required to participate in this nationwide test.
The WEA test
message will state: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is
conduct a live test of the EAS. All EAS Participants are required to participate in this nationwide test.
broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission,
the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have
followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message.
test message has been sent to all cell phones in the nation. Some cell phones will receive the
message. Others will not. No action is required.
message, which can be used to populate an accessible video crawl.
System (ETRS) and must complete the filing of ETRS Form One on or before August 27, 2018.
before 11:59 p.m. EDT, September 20, 2018,
sought by ETRS Form Two.
On or before November 5, 2018, EAS Participants must file the detailed
post-test data sought by ETRS Form Three.
Commission’s website at fcc.gov/general/eas-te…. Instructional videos
regarding registration and completion of the ETRS Forms are available on the ETRS page.
Emergency Communication Committees, in preparation for this test, such as:
EAS equipment locations, and is otherwise immediately available to operators;
of the test alert, and tailoring any actions as necessary that are specific to the EAS