FEMA Alert System Will Be Tested On Radios, TVs Wednesday Afternoon

August 7, 2019

The Federal Emergency Management System on Wednesday afternoon will test its nationwide alarm system, resulting in a loud noise on radios and televisions across the country. 

The Emergency Alert System test is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. and for the fifth time will “assess the operational readiness of infrastructure for distribution of a national message.” 

In the span of a few minutes, radio, TV, cable and wireless service providers will all broadcast the message. Cell phones will not receive alerts. 

The alert will last about a minute. 

“The test is intended to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public in times of an emergency or disaster,” FEMA said in a statement. 

If there were a national emergency, the president or administration official would activate the alert system. 

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