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Posted on: October 3, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Nation Wide Emergency Alert Test

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be conducting a test this Wednesday of the national wireless alert system. Beginning at approximately 2:18 p.m. EDT, a tone similar to that of an Amber Alert or flood watch warning will be sent to electronic devices across the country.  The alert will read “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”   

The message will be broadcast by cell towers for 30 minutes, so it’s possible some people may receive it at a different time.  This alerts will sound as long as the device is powered on; it will not matter if it is on mute, or do not disturb.  It may also appear on other devices, such as smart watches.  A second alert on television broadcast and radio will go off at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The TV and radio alert has been tested for several years.  Approximately 225 million electronic devices across the United States will receive this message as the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducts the test.

Both the digital alert, and the TV/Radio alert, are part of the national Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (or IPAWS).  This system has been used to communicate with people during severe weather incidents, or other emergency situations.  FEMA has prepared an informational page concerning this test.  Please visit their website for more information at

Shrewsbury will continue to inform you of such events in our community. 

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