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Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) National Test is Wednesday October 3rd


Media contact: John O'Brien: (216) 263-4545; jfobrien@cuyahogacounty.us

Cuyahoga County, OH – Cuyahoga County residents should expect a test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on Wednesday October 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test is at 2:18 p.m. EDT and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The EAS test is made available to EAS participants (i.e. radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test will assess the operational readiness of the communications infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials. It will be similar to the regular monthly EAS test messages, which states: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System.” If there was an actual emergency, an official message would follow the alert tone at the start of the message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message will be sent to all cell phones nationwide. The WEA test message will read, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."

“Having an awareness of these systems helps ensure that citizens are informed of emergencies and will be able to take appropriate actions to protect themselves and their families,” said Mark Christie, EMA Director, Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management. “This test is a valuable opportunity to verify the operational readiness of the systems and reinforce the public’s awareness of them.”

Receiving preparedness tips and timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make all the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe. FEMA and its partners are working to ensure alerts and warnings are received quickly through several different technologies, no matter whether an individual is at home, at school, at work, or out in the community. The FEMA app, which can be downloaded on both Android and Apple devices, is one way to ensure citizens receive both preparedness tips and weather alerts.

The FEMA app is available at: https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app.

More information on the national test is available at: https://www.fema.gov/Emergency-Alert-Test.

Questions regarding the national test can be sent to FEMA-National-Test@fema.dhs.gov.