Nationwide phone alert at 1:18 p.m. Wednesday


Cellphones across America are scheduled to ring at 1:18 p.m. today when the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducts a nationwide test of its Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).  Radio and television will broadcast a similar message at 2:20 p.m.

According to information from FEMA, the test is designed to test a warning system to inform the public when emergencies takes place, particularly on the national level.
The message will state: "Presidential Alert. THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."
This test is being conducted with the cooperation of the Federal Communications Commission and the National Weather Services.