When natural disasters or other critical events threaten public safety, communication is crucial to the outcome. Alerts and notifications, whether new or as situation updates, must be made quickly, correctly, and preferably through multiple modalities (e.g., phone, text, TV). To ensure the nation’s emergency communications readiness, FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 

According to FEMA and the FCC, the national test will consist of testing EAS and WEA capabilities. Both tests are scheduled to begin at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET 

The EAS, as those involved in emergency management know, is a national public warning system that requires radio and TV broadcasters, cable TV, wireless cable systems, and satellite and wireline operators to provide the president with the capability to address the American people within 10 minutes during a national emergency. This will be the seventh nationwide test of the EAS, which replaced the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) in 1997. 

The WEA portion of the test will be initiated using