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The City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management will conduct a live test of the Wireless Emergency Alert system on March 4, between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Cell phones in the Central Business District with emergency alerts set to “on” should receive an alert stating: “This is a test of City of Dallas Wireless Emergency Alerts. No action is required.”

This will be the first live test of the system since the city of Dallas became an alerting authority under the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System. WEA is also used for Amber Alerts and severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service.

Individuals outside of the Central Business District may receive the alert due to bleed over. Those wishing to opt out of receiving WEA messages for imminent threats and Amber Alerts can do so by adjusting settings on their mobile device.

In the event of severe weather or significant event, the test will be scheduled for a backup date of March 8.


Dominique D. Artis was sworn in as the 17th fire chief of the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department. The ceremony took place Monday at 6 p.m. in the main sanctuary of Concord Church, located at 6808 Pastor Bailey Drive. Guest speakers included City Manager T.C. Broadnax and Mayor Michael S. Rawlings.


Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall will be the distinguished guest for the sixth annual “In Conversation: An Evening with Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes Jr.” to be held March 15 at 7 p.m. at St. Luke Community United Methodist Church, located at 5710 East R.L. Thornton Freeway.

“In Conversation” is presented by the Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center, a nonprofit organization.

Each year, a distinguished presenter helps to shine a light on the life and events of the city, state, nation and the world.

The outreach center is named for Holmes, Pastor Emeritus of St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church and a longtime activist, pastor, educator and former state legislator. He has served as senior pastor at St. Luke for 29 years. He is a former Texas state representative, University of Texas system regent and a faculty member at Perkins School of Theology at SMU. A renowned activist, he has mentored scores of public servants, educators, corporate leaders and clergy around the world.

Marshall, in her newly appointed office, is leading the charge for a culture transformation. Her vision is that the Mavericks organization will set the NBA standard for inclusion and diversity. For years, she has championed empowering women and communities of color and worked to make resources and opportunities accessible to all.

In 2017 and 2015, she was selected as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise magazine. While at AT&T, Cynt also led the team that created a world-class diversity and inclusion culture, landing AT&T in the top three on Diversity Inc.’s “2017 Top 50” list of companies. Marshall also spearheaded the work that, for the first time in 2017, placed AT&T on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, one of only two Fortune 50 companies.

Proceeds from the event will support Frazier House and other Outreach Center programs, services and operations. For more information, tickets or sponsorships, contact Fannie Smith at 214-454-8624 and, or visit


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