National Emergency Alert System Test to be held Wednesday

Public Emergency Warning Siren

Des Moines, Iowa – FEMA in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a mandatory nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, September 27 at 1:20 p.m. The test will assess the readiness for distribution of the national level test message, as well as verify its delivery.

The EAS test will be sent through all radio, television, cable and direct broadcast satellite systems, and is scheduled to last approximately one minute.

The test’s message will be similar to the regular monthly test message of the EAS with which the public is familiar, only inserting the word “national.” “This is a national test of the Emergency Alert System. This is only a test.”

Periodic testing of public alert and warning systems is also a way to assess the 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 pm EDT, in case the Sept. 27 test is cancelled.