Nationwide test of US Emergency Alerting Systems postponed
- Published: Wednesday, 19 September 2018 08:01
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.