It was originally scheduled for September, but postponed until October 3, 2018 so today you can expect to get a text in the afternoon at around 2:18 p.m. on the east coast. FEMA is running a test on a new system. It will work much like the Amber alerts you may have already had on your phone for disasters.
It's one of those things that you want to know is there IN CASE you need it, but you will however hope you never will. FEMA's news release on the matter. Please share this information with your friends and family and certainly with your children or other students who may have their phones at school today.
I'm always caught off guard when that happens with my phone. Thankfully I don't have anything scheduled for 2 this afternoon.