ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Wednesday, federal authorities will be sending out a Wireless Emergency Alert test message to cellphones all across the country, after it was postponed last month due to hurricane response.
The WEA test message will read “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” That will go out to Alaska users at approximately 10:18 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be working in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission to send out the test alert.
According to FEMA, the WEA is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones.
It allows customers whose wireless provider participates in WEA and who own a WEA compatible wireless phone to receive geo-targeted alerts of imminent threats to safety in their area through unique tones and vibration.
In a statement, Alaska's GCI said it too would be participating in the emergency alert network as a wireless provider.
Following the test, the Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management is asking those who got or didn't get the alert to respond to an online questionnaire telling them how the test went.
That questionnaire can be found online here. It will ask just four questions: did you receive the alert, where you were when the alert went out, who your cell phone service provider is, and what type of phone you have.