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FEMA to conduct Sept. 27 mandatory nationwide test of Emergency Alert System

from IAEM

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a mandatory nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Sept. 27, 2017, at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the readiness for distribution of the national level test message, as well as verify its delivery. The EAS test is made available to radio, television, cable, and direct broadcast satellite systems, and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. Significant coordination and regional testing has been conducted with the broadcast community and emergency managers in preparation for the EAS national test. The test is intended to ensure that public safety officials have the methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public in times of an emergency or disaster. Periodic testing of public alert and warning systems is also a way to assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure required for the distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed. The back-up date for the test is Oct. 4, 2017, at 2:20 p.m. EDT, in case the Sept. 27 test is cancelled. More information on wireless emergency alerts is available online. more

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