The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will test the nation's public alert and warning systems at 1:20 p.m. Central Daylight Time (2:20 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) Aug. 11, according to FEMA's press release.
The test will evaluate the Emergency Alert System (EAS) operations to receive and convey a message on the radio and television, as well as the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to deliver a test message to mobile phones. FEMA conducts regular tests on the alert systems to help identify any technology, administrative and operation improvements.
The EAS national test will be a similar format to the regular monthly tests done by state authorities. Additionally, The WEA test will only be received by individuals that have opted-in to receive test messages.
For more information, visit FEMA Integrated Public Alert & Warning System.