The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The public will hear a message indicating that “This is a test,” which may last up to three and a half minutes. The audio message will be the same for radio, television and cable.
The National-level EAS is a public alert and warning system that enables the president of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies. Similar to the local EAS tests that are conducted frequently, the nationwide test will involve broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wireline providers across all states and territories.
This event serves as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities and businesses. Anyone can visit www.ready.gov for more information about how to prepare for and stay informed about what to do in the event of an actual emergency.