FEMA Emergency Alert System Test

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency - or FEMA - in cooperation with state, local, and tribal emergency managers and state broadcasters' associations, will conduct a test of the Emergency Alert System Tuesday, November 17, at 3:20 PM.

The test includes portions of six states, including our region of Wisconsin. The EAS test is scheduled to last approximately one minute. FEMA will send the voluntary EAS test message signal to broadcasters through its Integrated Public Alert and Warning System. WRCO Radio will be participating in the test today. The message will be the same as typical EAS test messages, with the word "national" added to the message. Please be aware this is a test and no actual emergency is taking place. It is simply assessing the operational readiness of FEMA's Public Alert and Warning System infrastructure that will distribute a national-level EAS test message to radio, television and cable operations from origination to reception by the public. Again, it is a test. It will take place Tuesday afternoon at 3:20 PM.