Lewis and Clark County and the city of Helena will conduct a live test of a wireless emergency alert system at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The wireless emergency alert system allows the municipal safety systems to send an alert, which will cause cellphones to buzz loudly, to every enabled mobile phone within the geographic boundaries of Lewis and Clark County. The Federal Communications Commission requires all wireless carriers that do not participate in emergency alert systems to notify their customers.
"The test message will read, “A test of Lewis and Clark County’s Wireless Emergency Alert system. No action required," a press release reads. "Upon receipt of the test message, the public is not required to take any corrective measures, dial 911 or contact public safety in any manner."
In case of a real emergency, like a severe winter storm, fire, flooding or earthquake, the system would send out a report letting any person in the county know what was happening and would give further instructions or information about the situation.
If the test does not go off as planned, a backup test date of 11 a.m. April 17 has been selected.