FEMA, FCC conducting Emergency Alert System test


PEORIA, Ill. — Federal officials are set to conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System Wedbesday afternoon.

FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said radio and television stations will broadcast the Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 1:20 p.m. CDT.

This year’s test will evaluate the readiness of the national alerting capability in the absence of internet connectivity. The test will be about one minute long.

The test will not include a message on cell phones via Wireless Emergency Alerts.

This is the fifth nationwide test of the EAS. The last test took place in October 2018.

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