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Emergency Alert System Test Scheduled for Wednesday

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has announced the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

The testing is scheduled to take place Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. It will be transmitted via television and radio stations within the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.

The EAS alert testing will resemble local emergency alert system tests. An audio message will interrupt television and radio programming indicating: “This is a test.” After the test, regular programming will resume.

The EAS test is a part of FEMA, FCC and NOAA ongoing efforts to keep the country and communities safe during emergencies. It plays a key role in ensuring the nation is prepared for any type of hazard, and that the public can receive critical and vital information should it ever be needed.

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