Campus Notification: Nationwide Alert Test (Oct. 3)

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Oct. 2, 2018


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has scheduled a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) for October 3 at 11:18 a.m.. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed. **This is not a test of UNLV's RebelSAFE Alert system, and does not involve the UNLV campus.**

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones. Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 11:18 a.m. PST. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on and within range of an active cell tower should be capable of receiving the test message. The WEA test message will have a header that reads "Presidential Alert" and text that says: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

The EAS is a national public warning system that provides communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency. The test is scheduled to last approximately one minute, beginning at 11:20 a.m. PST, over radio & television broadcasts. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. 

For further information on the test, go to