FEMA conducted a nationwide test on Oct. 4 at 2:20 p.m.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System October 4 at 2:20 p.m.

Two alerts were sent out October 4 one involving Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA).

Then a second alert was sent by the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

Both were sent at 2:20 p.m. the WEA test and was received by all consumer cellular devices.

The message appeared in English or Spanish depending on the setting on the device.

The EAS test was also sent out by radio and television.

These alerts were loud those who sleep in the afternoon, are in a meeting or in court were warned to turn their phone off to keep from being disturbed.

Domestic abuse survivors with a hidden safety phone were warned to turn that phone off so it would not be discovered.

The test was in cooperation with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

It was simply a way to ensure the systems worked properly.

These test ensure that the systems are effective in warning the public in cases of an event of concern.

The message received by your phone read “This is a test of the nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

It was the second nationwide test of the WEA system to be received by cellular phones.

It was the seventh nationwide EAS test to be performed.

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Senator Warner and colleagues urge FCC to end robocalls

Mark Warner joined with a few other Senators to urge the FCC to enforce existing regulations aimed at ending robocalls.

The letter written by the Senators also requests that the FCC offer instructions similar to the FTC’s Business Guidance resource which provides plain language answers directly to businesses.

Similar guidance will help telemarketers and sellers understand and comply with regulations.

The Senators mentioned that some new regulations may be appropriate but cited current regulations like the start of the Do Not Call Registry in 2003 and the protections issued in 2012 regarding artificial and prerecorded automated dialing systems.

More recently the TRACED Act in 2019 provided additional resources to regulators to address impediments to criminal prosecution of robocallers.

A link to the full letter is available here.

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