The National Alarm Test buzzs U.S. televisions, radios, and all phones that turn on at 2:20 p.m. ET

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Around 2:20 p.m. ET, FEMA perform both the Emergency Alarm System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alarm (WEA) test radio, TV broadcasts, and mobile devices in the U.S., but you may not see it on your phone. This is because this time, unlike Presidential alarm test in 2018, it only reaches phones that are set to receive test messages, and by default most phones are set to off.

By This document (PDF) From the FCC, on Android phones, there should be a Wireless Emergency Notifications section in the settings menu where you can enable or disable status / local test alerts. The process described for IOS is more complex, however Apple support page explain how you can participate:

Open the Phone app and tap Keyboard.

Turn it on: Enter * 5005 * 25371 # and tap. You will receive a message that says “Test alarms enabled”.

To disable it: enter * 5005 * 25370 # and tap. You will receive a message stating “Test alarms disabled”.

If you forgot it or if you’re not thirsty enough to register, here’s a message for mobile devices:

“THIS IS A TEST ON A NATIONAL WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALARM SYSTEM. No action is required.”

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