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FEMA delays test because of Florence response

Will County residents would have received text Thursday

Shaw Media file photo
Shaw Media file photo

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts on the backup date Oct. 3 because of ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

Initially, FEMA announced it would test the compatibility of cellphones with its technology at 1:18 p.m. Thursday.

The alert, which now will be sent at 1:18 p.m. Oct. 3, will read “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed,” according to FEMA’s website.

The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones.

The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e. Tornado Warning, AMBER Alerts). Users cannot opt out of receiving the WEA test.

Each state, and almost every county, operates a local office that works in cooperation with the national office. For information, visit willcountyema.org or fema.gov.

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