For one day in October, federal government agencies will be essentially using the phones of Iowa residents and residents across the U.S., too. The reason the feds want to take over our phones isn't something to panic about, but you definitely can't stop them.

On October 4th, 2023, the feds will conduct two nationwide tests all in the interest of public safety. But some get a little weary when the government seems to invade people's lives which is why we are warning you now before you get a warning on your phone.

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The Feds Are Taking Over Phones In Iowa. Why?

It's for your safety. Despite what the headline might suggest, federal agencies want to take over your phone to make sure you and the rest of Americans can get alerted in case of any national, regional, or local dangers.

FEMA and the FCC are coordinating with EAS participants, wireless providers, emergency managers, and other stakeholders in preparation for this national test to minimize confusion and maximize the public safety value of the test. An EAS test and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) will be conducted.

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Cell Phones, Radios, And TVs Will Get Test Messages

The FCC says the WEA portion of the test will be directed to all consumer cell phones. The purpose of the Oct. 4 test is to ensure that the systems continue to be effective means of warning the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level.

During the summer, you may have heard or seen similar EAS alerts every week on your TV or radio. The EAS portion of Oct. 4th's test will be sent to radios and televisions. This will be the seventh nationwide EAS test.

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Is There Anything You Need To Do?

Nope. The tests on Oct. 4th will go off at approximately 1:20 p.m. CT. The only thing you might want to do is check the weather for that day because that might push the test back.

Officials from the FCC and FEMA say in case the Oct. 4 test is postponed due to widespread severe weather or other significant events, the backup testing date is Oct. 11. When the tests do happen, make sure you know what your alerts look like and sound like in case of an actual emergency.

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