August 20, 2019

EAS Test Scheduled Nationwide for August 7

EAS Test

Radio and Television Networks Being Tested

On August 7, 2019, FEMA in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will be conducting a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The nationwide EAS test will be sent to radio and television stations beginning at 2:20 p.m. ET.

This year’s test will focus solely on radio and television broadcast networks. Citizens will not receive any alerts via mobile devices. The test will be approximately one minute long, have a limited impact on the public with only minor interruption of radio and television programs, and will be similar to regular monthly EAS tests.

This year, the test message will originate from designated radio stations, known as Primary Entry Point stations, which participate in a component of IPAWS called the National Public Warning System. In addition to distributing alerts and warnings through radio, TV, mobile devices, NOAA Weather Radios, sirens, reverse 911, and digital road signs, etc., the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) can be used to send alerts and warnings to the public via internet-connected services and systems. However, for the purposes of this test, Internet connectivity will not be used.

FEMA Video Announcement

Video courtesy of FEMA’s YouTube Page

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