Situational Awareness Bulletin - Cellular Broadcasting Test This Thursday
From: New York City Office of Emergency Management
Date: December 14, 2011
The New York City Office of Emergency Management in cooperation with the
Federal Emergency Management Agency , the Federal Communications
Commission, and mobile telephone service providers will be conducting
the first-ever end-to-end test of cellular broadcasting technology this
Thursday, December 15, 2011 from approximately 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
During the test a series of messages will be broadcast over the cellular
network and may be received by enabled handsets. Each of these
broadcasts will clearly indicate that it is only a test message and that
no emergency exists. However, since this is new technology and may take
individuals by surprise, we recommend that you brief your staff on the
test should it generate any phone call from the public. New York City
OEM and FEMA will be issuing a press release and Notify NYC message in
order to inform the public.
While this test is targeted for New York City it is possible that mobile
phones in neighboring communities (Nassau County, Westchester County,
New Jersey) may also receive the test messages. If the public has any
questions regarding the technology, they should be directed to contact
their mobile phone service provider's customer service number. Each
service provider has indicated that their customer service personnel
have been informed of this new technology and are aware of the test.