On Wednesday, August 7, FEMA and the FCC will conduct a nationwide Emergency Alert System test. At 2:20 PM a message will appear on all TV screens and radios nationwide. The test will not be sent to cell phones, as it is designed to test the readiness of the nation’s emergency alerting system in the event the nation were to lose all internet connectivity. All radio, TV, cable, wireline service providers, and direct broadcast satellite service providers will receive and broadcast the test message. It will originate from specially designated radio stations, also known as “Primary Entry Point” stations, which work directly with FEMA’s IPAWS system. If you would like to know more about the upcoming test, visit the FCC website at: https://www.fcc.gov/general/eas-test-reporting-system.
Updated July 24, 2019.