Test Emergency Alerts Over Cellphones Oct. 3

Test Emergency Alerts Over Cellphones Oct. 3

The first nationwide test of an emergency alert system over cellphones will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 3.

Cellphones will emit a loud tone and vibrate. A message will display indicating it is a test of the emergency alert system. If your phone is on anytime between 1:18 and 1:48 p.m. you should receive the test notification.

These are only tests. Please do not call 911.

These tests are being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The City of Edina is not involved.

Due to the nature of these alerts, you cannot block them, according to FEMA. They are designed to quickly alert as many people as possible.

While these wireless notifications are called Presidential Alerts, they are issued by emergency management organizations, not the U.S. President. To learn more about the alerts or the Wireless Emergency Alert System, visit fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.