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FEMA and FCC to conduct Emergency Services Test

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and FCC (Federal Communications Commission) will be conducting a nationwide test on August 7, 2019

July 29, 2019, at 10:00 PM

LAS VEGAS (LVPR) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be conducting a nationwide test on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 of the Emergency Alert System, or EAS.

KIOF will be participating in this test, which starts at 2:20 PM EDT. and ends at 2:50 PM.

The EAS is a national public test which gives the President of the United States the communication ability to address the nation during any national emergency. The system is also used by local and state authorities to deliver important emergency information, like Child Abduction (AMBER) alerts and emergency weather information for specific areas as needed.

FEMA's website shows this will be the 5th EAS nationwide test. Past tests were conducted back in November 2011, September 2016, September 2017, and as recent as October 2018. This 5th test for the 2019 EAS to evaluate the readiness of the national alerting capability if there is no internet connection with a completely over the air only test of the EAS system.

If you would like more information about this test, see the FCC (https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/emergency-alert-system-eas) or FEMA (https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test) websites.




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