1. SOUNDBITE (English) Wade Witmer, Deputy Director, Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, FEMA:
"Beginning at 2 18 Eastern Daylight Time we will initiate the test message that goes to cellular phones that will cause phones to ring very similar to if you have ever received a flash flood or an amber alert that also came through the same system that's the wireless emergency alert system. So the phones will they buzz very loudly. They sound very similar the sound that comes out is very similar to what you're used to hearing on the emergency alert system at the beginning of alerts that are broadcast on radio and television. The message the text of the message will display right on the on the home screen on the middle of the screen of the cell phone. At the top of that there will be a banner that will say a Presidential Alert. That's the category of the type of alert that we're allowed to send nationwide. And then the text message will say "Test." 'This is only a test of the national wireless emergency alert system and no action is needed.'"
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Wade Witmer, Deputy Director, Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, FEMA:
"There was concern that Americans weren't necessarily watching radio and TV especially in the evenings maybe. The new technology of the cellular phones was just coming online. It was suggested that we figure out a way to be also also be able to send alerts to cellular phones and all other devices as they come online."
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Wade Witmer, Deputy Director, Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, FEMA:
"After we released the cellular alert at 2 18, at 220 this will be the fourth test of the same exact capability within the radio television broadcast cable and satellite network. So we will release a national periodic test it sounds just like regular monthly tests that citizens are used to seeing and hearing on radio and television. A key difference would be hearing the word National in that delivery that test message also."
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About 225 million electronic devices across the United States will wail and buzz Wednesday afternoon as the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducts an emergency alert test.
A tone will sound at 2:18 p.m. EDT, similar to that of an Amber Alert or flood watch warning, and the subject of the alert will read: "Presidential Alert" and text will say: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."
It is the first test of the national wireless emergency system by FEMA. The message will be broadcast by cell towers for 30 minutes, so it's possible some people may get it at a different time. The alerts will sound as long as the device is turned on — even if it's on mute or do not disturb, and it may also appear on smart watches, officials said.
A second alert on television broadcast and radio will go off at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The TV and radio alert has been tested for several years.
The system test is for a high-level "presidential" alert that would be used only in a nationwide emergency. It is being completed in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission. FEMA officials said Tuesday they would share test result data on how the testing went with mobile carriers to help ensure the system works well in a true emergency.
Phones with mobile carriers that participate in the wireless emergency alert system, which sends out information on hazardous weather, or missing children, will get the alert. FEMA officials estimate it will reach about 75 percent of all mobile phones in the country, including phones on all of the major carriers.
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