Everett Residents Can Opt In For Wireless Emergency Alert Test This Wednesday

August 9, 2021

Everett

Click image for more information and examples on how to opt in and set up your phone.

There will be a test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts and Emergency Alert Systems at 11:20 a.m., PT on Wednesday, August 11.

This is a phone test you need to OPT into. It will also be on your TV and Radio.

Back in February thousands of residents in King, Pierce and Thurston counties opted into a wireless emergency alert test on their cell phones done in just those counties. Now the test is going Statewide but if you want to participate you have to opt in.

HOW TO OPT IN

To turn this setting on for Apple iPhones, you will need to do the following:   

Dial *5005*25371# and tap the call button
A message will appear saying “Test alerts enabled”
You should receive the test message on your Apple iPhone and no further action is needed. You can click on this link to see a video demo for the iPhone.

To turn on this setting on Android Phones, the exact location to turn this setting on may vary:

We recommend that you use the search function in “Settings” to find “Emergency Alerts” or “Public safety messages.” You may have to click the three dots in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, click settings and click alert types.
If you can’t find “Emergency Alerts” by searching in “Settings,” try searching for “Emergency Alerts” in the text message app, instead. You may have to click the three dots in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, click settings and click alert types. Make sure “State/local test alerts” is turned on.

If “State/local test alerts” is turned on, the circle will be on the right-hand side of the switch. You should receive the test message on your Android phone and no further action is needed.

If “State/local test alerts ” is turned off, the circle will be on the left-hand side of the switch. You will need to tap the switch to put it in the “on” position. You should receive the test message on your Android phone and no further action is needed.

Finding the test setting can sometimes be difficult. For additional information, please refer to your mobile phone carrier and/or mobile phone manufacturer’s website. For more information about Wednesday’s test click here.



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