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Emergency Alert System Testing

By Lilyan Beck


Tomorrow afternoon, the federal government will issue a nationwide test of the emergency alert system.

This test will show up in the form of messages sent to cellphones, televisions, and radios.

The alarm will go off at around 11:20 a.m. PST (Image from Wix)

The test is being ran to ensure that the messaging system is running smoothly in the event of an actual emergency.

The alert on phones will read, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed," and TV and radio will say, "This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covering the United States from 14:20 to 14:50 hours ET. This is only a test. No action is required by the public."

The last nationwide test was back in 2021 and The Federal Emergency Management Agency is required to do one once every three years.


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