FYI: Regional Test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) System on Thursday, April 5


Your mobile phone will buzz loudly on Thursday, April 5, between 10 and 11 a.m. as the National Capital Region tests the Wireless Emergency Alerts system.

Twenty jurisdictions, including Fairfax County, will simultaneously issue a test message through the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system. WEA is a public safety system allowing people who use cellphones and other enabled mobile devices to receive geographically-targeted, text-like messages about threats to safety in their area.

WEA triggers a loud noise and a text message on cellphones and enabled mobile devices. This special WEA tone and vibration will both be repeated twice.

Individuals with cellphones or other enabled mobile devices in Fairfax County will receive the following message: “A test of the Fairfax County Emergency Alert System. No action required.”

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