Emergency Alert Test on Wednesday

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Emergency Alert Test on Wednesday

IMPORTANT: On Wednesday, Oct. 4th at 2:20 p.m. ET, there will be a nationwide emergency alert test on cell phones, wireless devices, radios, and TVs. This is a standard test that occurs at least once every three years. No action is needed. Info & FAQs: http://fema.gov/emergency-managers/practitioners/integrated-public-alert-warning-system/national-test-2023

The City of Gaithersburg posted this FEMA announcement.


A person holds a mobile device showing a test emergency alert reading, "National Alert. This is a test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."

Posted by

Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

Gaithersburg, Maryland  

Comments (12)

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy, 

I saw this on the news, but it will still stun me when it comes in.  I have been in a group of people in a restaurant once when an alert came over all our phones.  It was surreal to hear everyone's phones going off simultaneously. 

Oct 02, 2023 02:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Roy- I was not aware of this but very glad to know. Sheri Sperry - MCNE® Same thing happened to us once but it was a tornado alert. Yikes!

Oct 02, 2023 06:23 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Being somewhat a cynic of government, I have never heard of two agencies conducting a similar test at the same time and that test being 30 minutes in length.  Given what we know about the Feds spying on legal U.S. law abiding citizens, I find this test very concerning. 

Oct 02, 2023 06:35 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Apparently this happens every three years, but it hasn't ever reached my phone. We shall see!

Oct 03, 2023 04:59 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

My wife and I were in Hawaii a few years back and in the midst of heavy rains. We had driven to Hana on Maui and lots and lots of flowing water on the road and gushing waterfalls. On the way back to our hotel, we stopped for dinner at a restaurant/sports bar so we could watch Monday Night Football. Part-way through our dinner, the restaurant was blasted with loud notifications over everyone's cell phones. It was a flooding alert! It sure took us all by surprise. 

I am sure that many will also be surprised by the upcoming Wednesday alerts this week.

Oct 03, 2023 12:39 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It is going to be a cacophony of sound considering how common a cell phone is to people.

Oct 03, 2023 05:54 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Our county does tests every couple of months of our tornado warning sirens at 10 a.m. so we are very used to those tests.

I just don't recall the last national test, which coincides with Russia doing a test. Hmmmm.

Oct 05, 2023 04:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. Your feedback is always welcome.

Oct 05, 2023 10:15 AM