Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test June 22, 10:02 a.m.
Posted at 8:30 a.m.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) — in coordination with state, local and tribal emergency managers and state broadcasters’ associations in Virginia and North Carolina — will conduct a test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) this morning, Wednesday, June 22, at 10:02 a.m. (EST).
This voluntary test was rescheduled from an earlier scheduled test in February that was canceled due to severe weather.
The EAS test is made available to radio, broadcast and cable television systems and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. It will verify the delivery and broadcast and assess the readiness for distribution of a national-level test message.
The message of the test will be similar to the regular monthly test message of EAS, normally heard and seen by the public: “This is a national test of the Emergency Alert System. This is only a test.”
Periodic testing of public alert and warning systems is a way to assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure required for the distribution of a national message and determine what technological improvements need to be addressed. The next national test is scheduled for Sept. 28. Results from the test will support preparations and improvements leading up to the national test.
In addition to learning about emergency events from the EAS system, you are encouraged to sign up for local alerts for your smart phone and email. You can receive alerts for severe weather alerts and severe traffic alerts, as well as other emergency-related alerts from Fairfax County. Sign up for free at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts.