Federal Officials Set To Test Nationwide Emergency Alert System

eas-logoWASHINGTON – Federal emergency management officials will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System Wednesday afternoon.

At 2:20 p.m., radio and television programming across the country will be interrupted to test equipment designed to warn the public in the event of an emergency.

The national test will be similar in nature to local tests regularly heard on radio stations and seen on television. An alert tone will sound, followed by the announcement conveying to listeners that it is “only a test.”

The test is expected to last about one minute.

This is the second ever nationwide test of the emergency alert system. The first was held in 2011.

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