Dawson County Public Notices

IPAWS National Test Scheduled For October 3

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test will commence at 2:18 p.m. EDT, with the EAS portion following at 2:20 p.m. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and any needed improvements.

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to a wireless provider's participating WEA. The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the president of the United States with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency.

The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages.