There have been concerns about what the Federal government has planned for Wednesday, October 4, 2023.
At approximately 2:20 p.m. Eastern time on the 4th, FEMA in coordination with the FCC will conduct a test alert on all phones and smart devices.
So why the concern?
It’s just a test, right?
Well, there are several reasons why people believe this test alarm is a red flag.
Read on to see why.
FEMA’s Press Release
Let’s start with the information provided to us directly from the source.
Here are some portions of FEMA’s press release on August 3, 2023.
“FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) this fall.
The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests are scheduled to begin at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
The WEA portion of the test will be directed to all consumer cell phones. This will be the third nationwide test, but the second test to all cellular devices. The test message will display in either English or in Spanish, depending on the language settings of the wireless handset.
The EAS portion of the test will be sent to radios and televisions.”
A test alert will go out to all phones and connected smart devices (such as smartwatches).
It will also be sent out to televisions and radios, including smart TVs.
“The purpose of the Oct. 4 test is to ensure that the systems continue to be effective means of warning the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level. In case the Oct. 4 test is postponed due to widespread severe weather or other significant events, the back-up testing date is Oct. 11.”
So, the test is supposed to warn about emergencies, but it will be postponed if there is widespread bad weather…which normally receives an emergency alert.
“All wireless phones should receive the message only once. The following can be expected from the nationwide WEA test:
- Beginning at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET, cell towers will broadcast the test for approximately 30 minutes. During this time, WEA-compatible wireless phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA, should be capable of receiving the test message.
- For consumers, the message that appears on their phones will read: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
Notice that it specifies that devices that are switched on and within range will receive the alert.
Similarly, the EAS portion will be broadcast to radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio, television providers, and wireline video providers around the same time and last approximately 1 minute.
About the IPAWS National Test 2023
This test is referred to as the IPAWS National Test 2023.
IPAWS is an acronym for Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.
According to FEMA, “The Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) is FEMA's national system for local alerting that provides authenticated emergency and life-saving information to the public through mobile phones using Wireless Emergency Alerts, to radio and television via the Emergency Alert System, and on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Radio.”
IPAWS works through a 4-step process:
- Alerting authorities send an emergency message.
- The message is then delivered to the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, Open Platform for Emergency Networks (IPAWS OPEN), where it is authenticated.
- Once authenticated, it is sent out via multiple communication channels, such as the Emergency Alert System, Wireless Emergency Alerts, and NOAA Weather Radio.
- The alert reaches the public.
According to FEMA, the purpose of IPAWS is to “reach as many people as possible to save lives and protect property.”
IPAWS has been in effect for 10 years, but apparently, this will only be the third nationwide test and the second test for all cellular devices.
What Are They Not Telling Us?
Now that we've covered everything they are telling us about the IPAWS National Test 2023, it’s time to ask, “What aren’t they telling us about?”
If this system has been in effect for 10 years, why is this just the third test?
Are they preparing for some sort of scenario that may be on the horizon, such as a nuclear attack, terrorist attack, or grid attack?
If this system has been in place for 10 years, why did it not work for the devastating Maui wildfires?
Was the Maui wildfire a wake-up call, or is there something else they aren’t telling us?
Concerns about This Test Alert
Again, some people may think this isn’t a big deal. Maybe it isn’t, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore people’s concerns.
In addition to asking about the “why now?” and the “what aren’t they telling us?”, people are concerned about the government’s ability to mess with our phones and smart devices for tests.
This test will reach every phone, and every phone will get an alert.
It doesn’t matter if you have it silenced or notifications turned off.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t sign up for weather alerts or Amber alerts.
If you have a phone that is turned on, you will receive this test alert on October 4.
We already know that Big Tech has made it possible for the government to track us using our phone’s GPS systems, listen in on our conversations, and even turn on our device’s cameras.
These devices that seem to make things more convenient are costing us our freedom.
When they send this alert out, they will know where you are.
This is just one more example of how we are giving away our freedom by allowing them to locate us and manipulate our phones as they see fit.
Now, let’s put that all aside and focus on the government’s help.
Can we trust FEMA to help us in an emergency? NO!
FEMA has proven time and time again that they will not get there in time or have enough supplies to help.
Again, where were the emergency alerts in Maui?
You cannot count on the government to save you. You must know how to protect yourself and your family.
[Related Read: FEMA Admits It Is Broke, Cannot Provide during a Disaster]
A Faraday Bag Is Your Best Option on October 4
The best way to protect yourself on October 4 is to invest in a Faraday Bag or cage for your electronics.
Any device that can be traced should be placed inside a Faraday bag.
If you can’t buy one, you can make one using aluminum foil.
If you read this without enough time to do either, turn your phone and other connected devices off from 1-4 p.m. Eastern.
Trust yourself. Free yourself.
Plan to survive the first 72 hours on your own, friends.
Preparedness Advisor, My Patriot Supply