Officials: NJ Phones May Pick Up Messages From NYC Cell Phone Emergency Broadcast Test

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STATE — 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 Thursday, Dec. 15, from approximately 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

According to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, it is possible that messages broadcasts over the cellular network may be received by enabled cell phones in New Jersey. This event will be just a test, and not a real emergency alert.

Cellular phone customers who have questions about the technology should contact their mobile phone service provider’s customer service number, officials advise. Customer service representatives have been informed of the new technology and are aware of the test, according to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.

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