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Nationwide test of US Emergency Alerting Systems postponed

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has postponed the nationwide test of the US Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) until October 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

October 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set up for Thursday, September 20. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date.

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