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UPDATE: Due to hurricane recovery underway, all testing will be held on Wednesday, October 3 (previously scheduled for September 20).
On the morning on October 3, 2018, multiple emergency management agencies will test a variety of emergency alert notification systems throughout the nation.
At 10:00 a.m. PDT, the La Palma Police Department, in coordination with partnering Orange County agencies, will issue a test message on the local AlertOC system. AlertOC is a local joint County and City mass notification system designed to keep residents and businesses informed of emergencies. Residents and businesses are strongly encouraged to register their personal contact information into the confidential database at: www.alertoc.org.
Later in the morning, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) at 11:18 a.m. PDT; followed by a test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 11:20 a.m. PDT. The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency. Most Americans are familiar with the monthly EAS test that they have seen on television.
All of these test will require no action by the community. They will help emergency managers assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of local and national emergency messages and determine whether improvements are needed.