Nationwide cell phone TEST- do not panic

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

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.  


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Tammy. Thanks for the heads-up! I will be ready. Enjoy your day!

Oct 03, 2018 04:11 AM #1
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Tammy Lankford, 

Thank you for the heads up..Ive heard this too and feel the talking heads should be getting the message out better than they are so people know what is going on!

Oct 03, 2018 04:34 AM #2
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Tammy.

I've heard about this test on the news channels.  If I don't tell my wife she'll panic

Oct 03, 2018 05:33 AM #3
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, that should be interesting, sounds like I might get it around 4 or 5 p.m.  I am glad I read this post, I would have been spooked, haha.

Oct 03, 2018 06:55 AM #4
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I just wanted to say, good job with your title. Going through the blogroll I saw two other blogs about this and just assumed it was for the areas where those people lived. I hadn't heard about it, so now I have! -Kasey

Oct 03, 2018 08:09 AM #5
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Brian England actually I believe you will get it at 11:18 a.m.  :)  I have to keep up with the time zones because of times we call our family.

Oct 03, 2018 09:32 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Tammy- just read about this late yesterday so it was a good idea to put this out there!!!

Oct 03, 2018 12:39 PM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Tammy - I knew that this was coming but I must have missed it.  And I didn't get a text.

Oct 03, 2018 07:38 PM #8
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I didn't read your warning prior to the test, and had heard nothing about it beforehand. I assumed it was just a "test" like the Amber alerts. It's really too bad everyone made such a big deal about it being a "Presidential" alert. In case of a national emergency, I'd appreciate the notification.

Oct 04, 2018 08:46 PM #9
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty it's a real shame everything has to be so divided in this country.

Oct 04, 2018 08:54 PM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Well, as you know, I was with 3 others and my phone was the only one that went off! I found that so odd...and so did they!

Happy Thursday, Tammy!

Oct 04, 2018 09:29 PM #11
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

My phone worked and I was pleased, now  this was a start in the right direction...Endre

Oct 04, 2018 11:42 PM #12
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Bernie's phone got the notice, mine did not. Weird. I guess I need to stick close to him - just in case. :) 

Oct 05, 2018 08:06 AM #13
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Tammy, I was at my home office when the phone alert happened...scared the heck out of me...glad it was just a test!

Oct 05, 2018 06:03 PM #14
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