Text Alert System and TV/Radio Alerts Being Tested

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - There will be a nationwide emergency alert test through text, television, and radio.

    According to a press release from GCI, the alert will be sent out through the national Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, which is a federal program that is designed to warn citizens about imminent danger. The Federal Emergency Management System (FEMA) will be conducting this test at 10:18 am and will come in via text message. The text alert will read "THIS IS A TEST of the national Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

    A similar test will go over television and radio broadcasts at 10:20 am which will be conducted through the emergency alert system (EAS).

    Types of alerts that could come through this system in the future include dangerous weather, missing persons, and imminent threats to safety. The alerts are created by local, state, and federal agencies.

    To be able to receive WEA text alerts, users must:

    ·       Have a device that is capable of receiving WEA alerts
    ·       Be physically present in the WEA notification target area
    ·       Have service with a carrier who participates in the WEA program through the federal system
    ·       Have the device turned on and cellular wireless service enabled
    ·       Have access to 4G/LTE, LTE over satellite or most 3G service

    More information can be found on the FAQ provided by GCI.

    More from News of the North

    Current Conditions

    Crude Oil Price