Nationwide test of Emergency Alert System in Madison Co. Wednesday

Madison County residents should be aware of a nationwide test taking place tomorrow.

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MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)-  The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and the Wireless Emergency Alert system on October 3, 2018 in Madison County.

FEMA says the test will assess the readiness to send out an emergency message nationwide and determine whether improvements are needed.  The test message will be sent using FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) which enables authorities to send emergency messages across multiple communications networks.

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The WEA test message will begin at 2:18 p.m. EDT.  The EAS test message will be sent at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Test to Cell Phones

Cell phones should receive the message only once.  Cell towers will broadcast for approximately 30 minutes.

The WEA test message will be a Presidential Alert and will read: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System.  No action is needed.”

Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test

The EAS test message will be sent to radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers.

The test message will be like regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not.

These messages will not originate in Madison County.  For more information visit:  https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test