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Mass test alert being sent to phones, TVs and radios Wednesday afternoon

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday will be conducting a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and the Wireless Emergency Alerts.

Two tests will be taking place that will test WEA and EAS capabilities, and they are scheduled to begin at 2:20 p.m.

The WEA portion will be sent to all consumer cellphones. This is the third nationwide test, but second to test all cellphones, FEMA says. The test will be in English or in Spanish, which depends on the phone’s language settings.

The message on the phones will read “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

The EAS portion will be sent to radios and televisions, the seventh nationwide EAS test. It is scheduled to last around one minute and will be done with the participation of radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio, and television providers and wireline video providers.

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Stranded in Snow He Uses His iPhone 14 Emergency SOS via Satellite Feature to Lead First Responders Right to Him

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The iPhone 14 has saved several lives this winter with some pretty impressive safety features that are worth noting as the U.S. continues to be battered with one of the worst winter storms in memory.

A tech news outlet reports that the iPhone 14’s SOS call which connects via satellite rather than through telecom towers saved a man in Alaska recently.

Traveling from Noorvik to Kotzebue by snow mobile, he became stranded without network coverage. Apple’s Emergency Response Center received his SOS call via satellite and connected his position to the Northwest Arctic Borough Search and Rescue Coordinator.

The GPS coordinates contained in the SOS led the volunteer rescuers right to him, and he went home unharmed.

Another safety feature has a two-fold benefit this winter—the Crash Detection Feature. An iPhone 14 or Apple watch has certain parameters of motion sensing that allows it to determine if the user has been in a collision.

The phone will automatically call 911 unless the user selects not to. This saved the lives of two passengers who plummeted off a canyon road in Angeles National Forest, California, before tumbling 300 feet to the canyon bottom. Alone and without cell service, Crash Detection alerted 911, while the passengers followed it up with an Emergency SOS.

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