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Nationwide emergency alert test taking place Wednesday

Monday, October 2, 2023 - This Wednesday, Oct. 4, you can expect to hear a nationwide alert on your cellphone, radio and/or television. But don't panic, this is only a test

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is set to conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System beginning at approximately 1:20 p.m. Wednesday.

What can you expect?

According to FEMA, a message that reads, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed,” will be sent to all phones. A Spanish version of the message will be displayed depending on the language settings of the devices.

A separate message will be sent by radios and televisions, saying, "This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covering the United States ... This is only a test. No action is required by the public."

The Mix 105.1, as well as MixTV Channel 19, will be broadcasting the emergency alert.

The purpose of the Oct. 4 test is to ensure that the systems continue to be effective means of warning the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level.

Jonathan Teague, Deputy Director of the Sequoyah County Emergency Management Office stated, "This test is conducted on a national level and local government has no control over the test."

KXMX Staff Writer

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