On Wednesday, October 3, beginning at 2:18 pm, there will a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. Some cell phone subscribers may receive a message that reads THIS IS A TEST OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM. NO ACTION IS NEEDED, along with an alert tone.
The WEA and EAS systems provide national warning in the event of dangerous weather, missing children,and other critical situations, and provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency.
Do not be concerned if you receive the message as it is ONLY A TEST