Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-08-05 16:01:46 –
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that it will conduct national tests on the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) from 2:20 pm EST on August 11.
In collaboration with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the agency said the test will be broadcast as a national test message through radio and television EAS participants and WEA wireless provider participants.
FEMA added that those who choose to receive messages over the phone will receive WEA test messages.
According to the agency’s Facebook page, the message says, “Emergency alert. This is a test of the national wireless emergency system. Nothing needs to be done.”
FEMA stated that messages are displayed in English or Spanish, depending on the language set by default.
The system was launched to allow governing bodies to warn and warn the general public about natural disasters, acts of terrorism, dangerous weather, or missing children.
According to FEMA, this is the second national WEA test and will be the first in 2018. However, the August 11 test is the first time a user can opt in.
If the test cannot be run on August 11th due to “real world events”, the test will be run on August 25th.