Opt-in national WEA test in the United States on Aug 11 at 2:20pm EDT

Sean Donelan sean at donelan.com
Tue Aug 10 18:32:38 UTC 2021

Tommorrow, Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 2:20 p.m. EDT the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be testing the national emergency 
alert system and wireless emergency alert system.

Most of the news reporting has tried to simplify things.

The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test on mobile devices is "opt-in."

By default, consumer devices are NOT enabled for WEA tests.  A consumer 
must manually enable test messages.  Other emergency alerts are enabled by 

Instructions to enable/disable WEA test messages on iPhone and Android

Additionally, only mobile devices with

1. WEA version 2.0 or later (roughly iPhone 6 and later)
2. Use a participating wireless service provider, the six major cellular 
carriers covering 97% of subscribers participate in WEA
3. In range, and receiving a radio signal from a participating carrier 
cell tower (not in a cave, basement, outback -- no signal)
4. Powered on, and not in airplane mode

You can provide feedback, if you opted-in, about how well the test worked.

FEMA-National-Test [@] fema.dhs.gov


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