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Today, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal
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.
All wireless providers that
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
Immediately following the WEA nationwide end-to-end test, at 2:20 p.m. EDT, FEMA will
conduct a live test of the EAS. All EAS Participants are required to participate in this nationwide test.
The following EAS message will be disseminated via the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System
THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by
broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission,
and local authorities to keep you informed in
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.
A similar wireless emergency alert
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.
The EAS alert will be transmitted in English and Spanish and include both audio and the text of the test
message, which can be used to populate an accessible video crawl.
EAS Participants are reminded that they are required to register with the EAS Test Reporting
System (ETRS) and must complete the filing of ETRS Form One on or before August 27, 2018.
On or
before 11:59 p.m. EDT, September 20, 2018,
EAS Participants must file the “day of test” information
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.
Filers can access ETRS by visiting the ETRS page of the
Commission’s website at…. Instructional videos
regarding registration and completion of the ETRS Forms are available on the ETRS page.
The Bureau encourages EAS Participants to take steps, in coordination with their State
Emergency Communication Committees, in preparation for this test, such as:
• ensuring that a copy of the EAS Operating Handbook is located at normal duty positions, or
EAS equipment locations, and is otherwise immediately available to operators;
• reviewing the EAS Operating Handbook for the actions to be taken by operators upon receipt
of the test alert, and tailoring any actions as necessary that are specific to the EAS
Participants’ facilities;
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