National Alert System Test Pushed Back to October 3rd

CENTRALIA — Your text message from the President has been postponed, while emergency management officials are busy with Hurricane Florence on the southeast coast of the country.

The message that was scheduled to be delivered Thursday will now be delivered October 3.

When that day comes, Centralia Police Chief Brian Atchison wants the public to be aware that the message is only test of a national alert system.

The test message will carry the header “Presidential Alert” and the message, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

If you receive the message, or if you don’t, there is no need to contact local authorities.

According to the agency, a presidential alert is one of three types of alerts in the FEMA WEA system, which also notifies the public about extreme weather or missing children, also known as AMBER alerts.

The WEA test will be broadcast over the course of about 30 minutes and sound the same as an AMBER Alert.

Users can’t opt out of the presidential alert test, according to FEMA.

More than 100 carriers, including the largest carriers, such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, will participate in the emergency alert test, FEMA said.

FEMA will also run a test of its Emergency Alert System (EAS) for radio and television broadcasters the same day, beginning two minutes after the WEA test.