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National emergency alert test, October 3

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Cell phones across the Illinois State University campus—and across the U.S.—will activate with an emergency signal during a nationwide wireless emergency alert test at 1:18 p.m. (Central Time) on Wednesday, October 3.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will send a test message to compatible cell phones. The test message will read “Presidential Alert” and “This is a Test.” A nationwide emergency alert test for radio, television, cable systems, and satellite radio and TV providers will also be conducted on the afternoon of October 3.

More information about the test is available at the FEMA website.

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