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Coming Soon: Text Message Alert – No Cause for Alarm

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Happy Wednesday my friend!

If you hear a screeching alert go off on your cell phone – and everyone else’s cell phone – today at around 8:20am (2:20pm EST), don’t panic.

According to CNN the federal government will conduct a nationwide test this morning of its Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts.

All wireless phones should receive an alert and an accompanying text message that reads: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

Meanwhile, all radios and televisions will also broadcast a test emergency alert at the same time as part of the broader test. This message, which will run for approximately one minute, will state: “This is a nationwide 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. This is only a test. No action is required by the public.”

The tests will start rolling out nation-wide over the course of 30 minutes, starting at 8:20am HST.

The Takeway

It's good that they test these systems. With the rising threat of climate change and cyber warfare, a national emergency could soon be at our doorstep. Best to be prepared.

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Stay safe out there.

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