FEMA will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

This test will last up to three and a half minutes.

During this period, regularly scheduled television, radio, cable, and satellite shows will be interrupted as the system is being tested.   

FEMA wants to to ensure that all staff, patients and the larger public are aware that this event will be just a test, and not a real emergency alert.

The national Emergency Alert System is an alert and warning system that can be activated by the president, if needed, to provide information to the American public during emergencies.  

The National Weather Service, governors, and state and local emergency authorities also use parts of the system to issue more localized emergency alerts.

The test is an important exercise in ensuring that the system is effective in communicating critical information to the public in the event of a real national emergency.

Similar to emergency alert system tests that are already conducted frequently on the local level, the nationwide test will involve television and radio stations across the United States.

The VA encourages you to use this event as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities, and businesses.  

For more information visit www.Ready.gov about how to prepare for and stay informed about what to do in the event of an actual emergency.

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