The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a mandatory nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on September 27, 2017 at 2:20 pm EDT.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a mandatory nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on September 27, 2017 at 2:20 pm EDT.

The EAS test is made available to radio, television, cable, and direct broadcast satellite systems. It is scheduled to last approximately one minute.

The test’s message will be similar to the regular monthly test message of the EAS, only inserting the word “national.” “This is a national test of the Emergency Alert System. This is only a test.”

This is the third mandatory nationwide test of the EAS. The first test was conducted in November 2011 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials. The second mandatory test was conducted in September 2016.

More information is available here.