Be prepared at 2 p.m. today for the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.

The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency will conduct the EAS test as part of the federal government’s ongoing efforts to keep our country and communities safe during emergencies.

EAS plays a key role in ensuring the nation is prepared for all hazards, and that the U.S. public can receive critical and vital information, should it ever be needed.

The test may last up to three and a half minutes, and will be transmitted via television and radio stations within the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. 

Similar to local emergency alert system tests, an audio message will interrupt television and radio programming indicating: “This is a test.” 

When the test is over, regular programming will resume.

For more information about the nationwide Emergency Alert System test, please visit and

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