UPDATE: Due to the on-going hurricane relief efforts, these tests have been postponed until Wednesday, October 3rd.

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Original story follows...

Don't be alarmed if you get a strange (and strange sounding) text message on Thursday (9/20) afternoon.  It's just a nationwide test of the "Presidential Alert System".

The text, which will be sent at 2:18 PM on Thursday, will read, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

Several minutes after that, radio and television stations will all run a nationwide EAS test.