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Emergency Alert System National Test August 7th

 | Published on 8/5/2019

You may notice an alert on your television or radio on August 7th.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is conducting a nationwide Emergency Alert System test on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 beginning at 11:20 a.m. PST. This is the fifth nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, which provides warnings to the public in the advent of a national emergency.


This year's test is designed to evaluate the nation's public warning readiness in the absence of Internet availability. The test will last approximately one minute. Unlike last year, this test will not include a message on cell phones via Wireless Emergency Alerts.


The Emergency Alert System was established in 1997, replacing the Emergency Broadcast System, which had been in place since 1963.


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