Nationwide Emergency Alerting Test Postponed Until Oct. 3
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | Comments

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), postponed a nationwide test of the emergency alert system (EAS) and wireless emergency alerts (WEA) until Oct. 3.

The delay from the original Sept. 20 date is because of ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. The WEA portion of the test will commence at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion will follow at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

Oct. 3 was the previously scheduled backup date for the test. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date.

For further information on the test, go to https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.

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