Test your Family Communication Plan during the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system test.
On September 20th at 11:18 a.m. PST, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin a nationwide test of the EAS (on television and radio) and WEA (on cellular phones) to assess national warning capabilities. The first-ever national WEA test will begin with special alert tones and vibration, followed by the following message:
"Presidential Alert: THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."
This is not a test by local Nevada County officials or of the CodeRED Emergency Alert system. We are helping spread the word so that Nevada County residents can be informed before the tests next week.
Keep your family calm by making sure they know about the test. Take this opportunity to make a family communication plan. Then, put your plan to the test by following these steps:
- Fill out a Family Communication Plan.
- Make sure your family knows the plan.
- Test your plan during the WEA and EAS test on September 20th.
If the test is postponed because of widespread severe weather or other significant events, the back-up date for the test is October 3, 2018. Visit Ready.gov/make-a-plan to learn more about creating a plan.