FEMA, FCC to test Emergency Alert System Wednesday

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (IUSTV News) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a test of the nation’s Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)on Wednesday.

Both tests are scheduled to begin at 2:20 p.m. ET.

All cell phones will receive a test alert in the form of a push alert, and will display in either English or Spanish, depending on the user’s language settings, according to FEMA.

FEMA says all phones should only receive the alert once. This will be the second time the test has included cellular devices.

The test of the Emergency Alert System will air on radio and television stations.

According to FEMA, the Emergency Alert System is a national public warning system that allows the President to address the American people within 10 minutes during a national emergency.