National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


A national test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system and Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place on Wednesday Oct 3, 2018 at 12:18 MDT and 12:20 pm MDT. The National Weather Service (NWS) will not convey any test messages across NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) or any other NWS dissemination systems. These tests are being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).


These tests will assess the readiness to distribute an emergency message nationwide and determine whether improvements are needed. Details on how the test messages will reach the public, the exact contents of the test messages, and other test information is posted on FEMA's web page at: