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National test of wireless emergency alert system scheduled for today

Cell phone users who receive an emergency alert on their phones this afternoon, Wednesday, Oct. 3: don't be alarmed. It's only a test.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is conducting a test of the Emergency Alert Systems and Wireless Emergency Alert. The first portion of the test begins at 1:18 p.m. Central and the second portion at 1:20 p.m. All smartphone users will receive an alert and the message will read, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed." The alert will also have a header that reads "Presidential Alert."

The test was originally planned for Sept. 20, but was postponed until Wednesday due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

Ross Torgerson

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