Emergency Alert System test

The Emergency Alert System will broadcast a test on radio, TV Wednesday afternoon

WRITTEN BY: Janelle Vreeland
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Image Source: Federal Communications Commission via Wikimedia Commons
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The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will be broadcast Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. Eastern time. 

The Emergency Alert System broadcast is only a test and the Department of Homeland Security wants everyone to know that it is just a test. According to the Department's website, there are specific points that the Department wants everyone to know about the test.

-It will be conducted Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 PM EST.

-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.

-Similar to local emergency alert system tests, an audio message will interrupt television and radio programming indicating: “This is a test.”

-When the test is over, regular programming will resume.

If you or someone you know still has questions about the Emergency Alert System test, you can check out the Department of Homeland Security's FAQ page here and the FCC's site here.

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