You're going to get a text from FEMA today called a 'Presidential Alert'. Here's why...

KMBZ News Staff
October 03, 2018 - 9:28 am


This afternoon, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct its first nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts and Emergency Alert System.

A tone will sound at 1:18 p.m. CDT, 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."

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 1:20 p.m. CDT.

The TV and radio alert has been tested for several years.

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