No matter where you are in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, or in the entire country, your cell phone is going to be taken over by the Federal government and there's nothing you can do to stop it. Sounds intrusive, but wait, there's more. All TVs and radios will be taken over too.

This is all part of a nationwide emergency alert test. According to FEMA and the FCC, a test message will be sent to all broadcast TV stations, satellite and cable TV systems, AM/FM radio stations, and cell phones.

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There will be two portions of the national test; WEA, Wireless Emergency Alerts, and EAS, Emergency Alert System. The WEA test will target consumer cell phones while the EAS portion will be sent to radio and TV stations. FEMA says the two portions will occur simultaneously, well that's the plan anyway.


On October 4, 2023, at approximately 1:20 pm central time, our cell phones will begin buzzing with a government-originated text message. The WEA text message read something like:

  •  “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

All wireless phones should receive the message only once.

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At the same time, radio and TV stations will broadcast this EAS test audio message:

  • “This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covering the United States from 14:20 to 14:50 hours ET. This is only a test. No action is required by the public."

FEMA says this is the seventh nationwide EAS test for radio and TV. The first national EAS test was attempted in 2011 and was considered a total failure.  The WEA system began sending tests to cell phones in 2012.

You cannot opt-out from receiving WEA text messages on your phone that originate under the direction of the White House or from FEMA.

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