City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:092518
National Test of Warning System
Reginald Harrison
Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will issue a nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test message on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 11:18 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). This Presidential WEA test will assess the system’s capabilities to send a message simultaneously nationwide and determine where improvements are needed. This test will be immediately followed by a nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. 

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless carriers participating in WEA. Similar to AMBER Alert messages, a loud electronic tone will precede the WEA test message.

FEMA’s WEA system is different from the City’s AlertLongBeach emergency warning system. It is not necessary to sign-up to receive federal alert messages. However, residents wishing to receive local alert messages, during times of emergency, must sign up for the City’s AlertLongBeach warning system. The City recently made sign-up for AlertLongBeach faster and easier. Residents who want to sign up to receive notifications through AlertLongBeach, or who want to update their information in the system should visit the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications website at

The City’s Public Safety Dispatchers and all other public safety personnel have been made aware of this testing to assist with resident concerns or questions.

Media questions can be directed to Reginald Harrison, Director of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications at