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What the alert will looking like at 11:18am, Sept. 20.

An alarm will go off on our cell phones at 11:18am, next Thursday, September 20 at 11:19am.

Salem – There will be a first-ever nationwide test of the Integrated public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 11:18am. The test, coordinated by FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission will be broadcast via radio, TV, cable stations and wireless carriers.

IPAWS is a national system for local alerting that provides authenticated emergency alerts and information from emergency officials to the public through radio, TV, cell phones and Internet applications.

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“This is the first time a wireless alert has been tested in Oregon, and we don’t want anyone to be caught off guard,” said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps. “No matter where someone is—at work, in their car, at school, at the doctor’s office – anywhere — they should hear and see the alert on their phone.”

The nationwide test ensures that in times of an emergency or disaster, public safety officials have systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public. Alerts are rare, but they can happen locally, statewide, or nationally. In addition, the test is a way to assess the operational readiness for the distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

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