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 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.