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This Wednesday, the FCC and FEMA will conduct an emergency alert test to different devices across the US. Apple iPhones are some of the handhelds set to receive the message, but there is an option to opt out of it.

The FCC announced the test last week, highlighting its importance to the public. “The Wireless Emergency Alerts system is an essential part of America’s emergency preparedness,” the agency wrote. “Since its launch in 2012, the WEA system has been used more than 84,000 times to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations – all through alerts on compatible cell phones and other mobile devices.”

The test will comprise the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), which will send messages to televisions/radios and all cellular devices, respectively.

The test will generally be performed on October 4 at 2:20PM Easter Time. Yet, if it is postponed, it will be rescheduled for October 11.

Depending on the device’s setup, the message will be available in English and Spanish. For the former, the message will read, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” The test will be accompanied by a tone like the one you receive from an Amber Alert and National Weather Service.

It will rely on the mobile connection of the devices, which means it won’t be received by those in Airplane mode or just using a Wi-Fi connection. Nonetheless, if you still want to use your connection without being bothered by the test, dial *5005*25370# on your iPhone. You can reverse the setting by dialing *5005*25371#. Wireless carriers can also offer their own system on how subscribers can block the WEA, albeit consumers cannot block National Alerts.

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