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‘No Action Is Needed’

A nationwide test that was signed into law in 2016

Mr. Weis

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Caleb Woods, Reporter/Audio Editor

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On Oct. 3 at 1:18 p.m., we all received a message on our phones saying, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” This is the first test of the alert. More than 75 percent of U.S. mobile phones receive the alert.

As many Liberty students and staff members thought it came from the president himself, but it actually came from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) coordinating with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

If the alert was needed to be sent out, it will be sent out in a terrorist attack or something that will affect nationwide.

In 2016, former President Barack Obama signed a law allowing FEMA to create a nationwide test.

Sophomore Tyler Cotton was listening to music when the test was received.

“The music just stopped and [the alert tone] it was loud in my headphones,” Cotton said. “I was caught off-guard.”

Sophomore Shawn Paluczak wasn’t surprised when the test alert went off.

“I just dismiss it as a test,” Paluczak said. “After 7th hour walking into 8th hour, I received the alert.”

About the Writer
Caleb Woods, Reporter/Audio Editor

Caleb Woods is a senior and his first year on the Ledger magazine. This is his third year in publications. He loves watching the St. Louis Blues and he is a huge hockey fan. He loves Keith Urban’s music, he can recite most of his songs word for word and recently attended his fifth Keith Urban concert. He has interviewed many local media personalities including KSDK’s Mike Bush and Ryan Dean. He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He also loves to sing and he loves producing and hosting J-Dubs in the Morning. When he grows up, he wants to be a radio personality in the St. Louis area.

 

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