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FEMA Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test - Aug. 7, 2019

Private Sector Advisory

FEMA and FCC Conduct Nationwide EAS Test

FEMA, and the Federal Communications Commission are going to be conducting a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.

The nationwide test is going to be sent to radio and television stations starting at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

The test will be conducted through FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System. This year, the test message is going to come from designated radio stations, referred to as Primary Entry Point stations, which participate in a component of IPAWS called the National Public Warning System.

All other radio and television stations, cable, wireline service providers, and direct broadcast satellite service providers are expected to receive and broadcast the test message.

This year’s test will test the capability of national alerting in the absence of internet connectivity. 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. Both the audio message and text crawl should be accessible to people with disabilities.

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

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Please help support FEMA’s mission of “Helping people before, during and after disasters.” The 2018-2022 Strategic Plan creates a shared vision for the field of emergency management and sets an ambitious, yet achievable, path forward to unify and further professionalize emergency management across the country. We invite all of our stakeholders and partners to also adopt these priorities and join us in building a stronger Agency and a more prepared and resilient Nation.

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- The IPAWS National Test October 3rd 2018

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