Emergency Alert System Testing


W.Va. Homeland Security and Emergency Management announces Oct. 3 test of national Public Alert and Warning System CHARLESTON, W.Va.— The mission of the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is to ensure the protection of life and property by providing coordination, guidance, support and assistance to local emergency managers and first responders. As part of that mission, we are coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the West Virginia Broadcaster’s Association, wireless carriers, and others to conduct a test assessing the capabilities of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

The WEA portion will go out to all cell phone users with a compatible device whose wireless provider participates in WEA. The message will be titled “Presidential Alert,” and use the same special tone and vibration as alerts received through this system when there are threats to public safety.

The EAS portion will last approximately one minute and will resemble the regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar.
The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.
The test had been planned for September, but Hurricane Florence preparedness and response efforts prompted FEMA and the FCC to postpone it until Oct. 3.
For further information on the test, go to https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test. To learn more about emergency preparation and create a plan for your family or business, please visit www.ready.wv.gov   

Contact Information

Lora Lipscomb, Public Information Officer: lora.d.lipscomb@wv.gov