Nationwide test for emergency alarm system today

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By Jesse Osbourne

According to a press release from Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), the agency will join multiple federal agencies today to conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System(EAS). The test will begin at 2 p.m. EST and will interrupt
television and radio broadcasts for approximately 30 seconds while
broadcasting a test message.

The EAS is a broadcast alert and warning system that can be activated by the
President, if needed, to provide information during emergencies. Other
agencies, such as the National Weather Service, governors, and state and
local emergency authorities also use parts of the system to issue more
localized emergency alerts.

The test is being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration, as part of ongoing efforts to keep the nation
safe during emergencies.