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.