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FEMA and FCC Conducting Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. The nationwide test will be sent to radio and television stations beginning at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will not include a message on cell phones via Wireless Emergency Alerts. “Our vision to shape a resilient St. Mary’s County where communities thrive begins with awareness and preparation,” said Stephen Walker, Director of Emergency Services “It is vital that the public knows about the National Emergency Alert System, how it’s used, and why it is important to all local residents. It is necessary to test the system on a regular basis, and each test gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about it.” The Department of Emergency Services is not involved in the test but is helping to make residents aware of the test and the Emergency Alert System. The test is being conducted through FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System. This year, the test message will originate from designated radio stations, known as Primary Entry Point stations, which participate in a component of IPAWS called the National Public Warning System. […]

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