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Emergency test set to blast phones — and conspiracy theorists are on high alert


Is the test a test?

Conspiracy theorists are flooding social networks ahead of the Federal Emergency Management Agency testing its blaring Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts on Wednesday afternoon.

The routine event — which will reach cell phones, televisions, and radios at about 2:20 p.m. ET — “is to ensure that the systems continue to be effective means of warning the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level,” according to FEMA.

Phones should only receive a single message during the half-hour broadcast, which will announce to consumers: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

TVs and radios will receive a similar message during the second phase of the test.


A test of the emergency alert system on Wednesday has conspiracy theories surfacing.
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In the event of severe weather, the test will be postponed until Oct. 11.

However, because phones that are shut off — along with other opt-out options — during the test duration won’t receive an alert, many are theorizing that the EAS is a trap of some sort.

“Definitely turning off the cell phones and TVs…I’m very torn on what to do,” said “tin foil hat” TikToker Meredith Owen.


Many are skeptical of Wednesday's Emergency Alert System test.
Many are skeptical of Wednesday’s Emergency Alert System test.
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A popular conspiracy is that the test will signal phones to activate potentially harmful compounds like graphene oxide that have made their way into people’s bodies — only a smidge off Samuel Jackson’s evil plot of 2014’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” — according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Others fear a Y2K-esque blackout to come from the routine test, while others claim that this is yet another example of a “Simpsons” prediction to come true, as a similar instance was referenced in the hit cartoon.

And then there is the alarm over a potential zombie apocalypse.

As Halloween is less than a month away, some have also naturally — and astonishingly — raised concerns that the alert could kick off a “Walking Dead”-worthy attack.



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