What happens on October 4th, 2023? Huge nationwide emergency alert declared in US

Find out what happens on October 4th, 2023 when a 911 alert goes off as part of a major nationwide test across the US.

A TikTok creator recently explained the upcoming emergency alert that will reportedly be sounding on all phones and tech devices in October. HITC dives deep into the importance of the alert, as well as what US citizens expect from the test and more.

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What happens on October 4th, 2023?

US citizens with tech devices must comply with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidance on October 4, 2023 as all cell phones, televisions and radios are reportedly subject to a nationwide test.

The test is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 2:20 p.m. Eastern Time and the noise from your electronic device may be loud for 30 minutes.

The test itself is designed to ensure that in the event of a national disaster, any electronic device will be notified within 10 minutes.

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  • FEMA will evaluate the statewide emergency alert system as well as wireless emergency alerts.

    According to Desterto reports, the concept was created in 1951 when electromagnetic radiation control established a radio alarm system to warn Americans of a possible Soviet Union attack.

    Although the mission proved unsuccessful at the time, as missiles were able to intercept the radio waves before warnings could be sent, the Emergency Alert System was later established. This therefore led to the upcoming nationwide test

    During the nationwide Emergency Alert System test, anyone who is at risk and is hiding a cell phone in the event they need assistance (such as a victim of domestic violence) is advised to ensure the phone is turned off at the time.

    Viral TikToker Explains Emergency Phone Alert

    A TikTok creator named @noahglenncarter shared a video explaining the emergency alert, warning his followers and claiming that the phones will “go nuts” on October 4th.

    Now with over 3.8 million views, more than 570,000 likes and a comments section filled with hysteria, the viral TikTok seems to have sent many tech device users into a panic.

    In addition to real concerns about the emergency alert, many people also worry that there will be no entertainment options during the testing period.

    One user hinted that they will face a crisis:

    “Bro, I’m going to have a bit of a crisis if I don’t have my phone. There will be nothing to entertain.”


    Be ready for what will happen on October 4th #to you #Phone #Radio #TV

    ♬ dear nwantinti (ah ah ah) – CKay

    How does the alarm sound?

    The TikTok creator explained that the sound is said to be accompanied by a high-pitched electrical tone, as well as a voice stating that the alert is just a test.

    Dexerto states that sources have revealed a voice can also be heard of devices saying something along the lines of the following statement:

    “This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency covering the United States from 2:20 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. ET. This is just a test. There is no need for action on the part of the public.”

    Although the Emergency Alert System test is expected to last 30 minutes, electronic devices may be used appropriately thereafter at 2:50 p.m. ET.

    For people who could be alarmed by loud noises, it is recommended to turn off your mobile phone, television or radio.

    The post What happens on October 4, 2023? The explanation of the huge nationwide US emergency phone alert first appeared on HITC.

    Emma Bowman

    Emma Bowman is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Emma Bowman by emailing EmmaBowman@ustimetoday.com.

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