Emergency Alert Test Communication

October 3, 2023

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will hold a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts on Wednesday, October 4.  The tests are scheduled to begin at 11:20 a.m. PT.  This is a national level test and is separate from the USC TrojansAlert system, which is activated during an active emergency on one of our campuses.

The Wireless Emergency Alerts portion of the test will be directed to all consumer cell phones and will include a notification with a vibration and an alert tone.  The message will say: “This is a test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System.  No action is needed.”

The Emergency Alert System portion of the test will be sent to radio and televisions and will last for about 60 seconds.  The Emergency Alert System message will say: “This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covering the United States from 11:20 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. PT.  This is only a test. No action required by the public.”

The test will be conducted to ensure that those emergency warning systems continue to be an effective way to warn the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level.  In the event the October 4 test is postponed because of widespread severe weather or other significant events that day, the backup testing date is Wednesday, October 11.