The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with its many federal, state and local partners, is reminding the American public that today, at 2:00 pm eastern, Americans should expect to see or hear the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System on their TVs or radios.
Today's test will occur simultaneously across the U.S. and its territories and will last approximately 30 seconds, after which regular programming will resume. The test will look and sound very similar to the local tests of the Emergency Alert System that already occur frequently.
This test of the Emergency Alert System will appear on broadcast radio and television stations, cable television systems, satellite radio and television systems, and wireline video service systems. The test will not impact landline or mobile phones, power grids, or Internet connectivity.
For more information on the test, visit the FCC's website or www.fema.gov/eastest.