Maryland Blogger: Wireless Emergency Alerts Test, April 5th

Wireless Emergency Alerts Test, April 5th

Wireless Emergency Alerts Test, April 5th


This is a message from the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland:

As part of a regional exercise, the City of Gaithersburg is testing its Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system on Thursday, April 5 between 10 and 11 a.m. Cell phones and mobile devices located in our jurisdiction will receive a test message (accompanied by a loud noise) that reads: "A test of the Montgomery County Wireless Emergency Alerts System. No action required." Gaithersburg is one of 20 jurisdictions in the region participating in this exercise. Because we are testing simultaneously, you may receive messages from multiple jurisdictions as WEA uses carrier towers to distribute the messages. Click here to learn more about the WEA system. 

Additional information and answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.
The WEA system should not be confused with the local 'Alert Montgomery' or other alert programs in jurisdictions within Montgomery County, Maryland. The local programs are separate from the national system.

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Comment balloon 16 commentsRoy Kelley • March 29 2018 07:45PM


thanks for sharing the information - I will know to have ear phones with me on April 5! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) 7 months ago

Hi Roy.  It's good to get the word out about the upcoming test.  It will still scare many people, but hopefully, they'll have heard about the test.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 7 months ago

It's great that you are getting the word out there! This is a test, only a test...

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, 7 months ago

Good morning Roy. Got one of these message tests a while back without warning. Talk about a wake-up call! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 7 months ago

Good morning Roy Kelley ,

Go way to get the word out about the testing!! It will cause one to be scared initially!! Always good to test to make sure if you really needed it would work!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 7 months ago

Good morning Roy - I can't remember having these on our cell phones although we have ad them on radio and TV.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 7 months ago

Roy, always good to have these tests.  We had tornado siren testing last week in Aurora.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 7 months ago

Roy, Good to test these systems with advance warnings. I listen to the radio a bit and they seem to test their systems quite often.

Have a great holiday weekend!

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) 7 months ago

These can be a bit startling. Getting the word out is of great importance - both to alert people about the possible test - and for an actual threat. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 7 months ago


If you have not heard one, be prepared to jump out of your seat and run for the hills.  We have been through so many since December with the fires, and then with the rains.  One of them got us out of bed at 2AM, and then was rescinded 10 minutes later.  I am running out of adrenalin at this point.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 7 months ago

Important message from the City of Gaithersburg Maryland, and a thoughtful gesture by you to get the word out!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 7 months ago

These systems do need testing to make sure all is well if they have to be used.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 7 months ago

Hi Roy, Thanks for getting the word out on your emergency systems test.  Valuable information to those in your area.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) 7 months ago

Thanks so much for stopping by. Your comments are always welcome and are very much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

Spring Loose Leaf CollectionannounceUnderway
March 26 - April 13


Loose leaf collection for single family and townhouse owners in the City of Gaithersburg will take place March 26 to April 13, weather permitting. Collection is made weekly, however there may be a one to two-day delay during busy periods. Read more here.
Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

You can help folks stay informed during an emergency. During difficult weather or emergencies, check on your neighbors, especially those who may need assistance. All it takes is a phone call, text message, or a knock on the door to make sure neighbors are doing okay

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 month ago