FEMA tests nationwide Emergency Alert System

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WASHINGTON D.C. (ABC/WTVQ) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, issued an emergency alert test on Wednesday.

The test is for the Emergency Alert System – a warning structure designed to “save lives and protect property during times of national, state, regional, and local emergencies,” according to FEMA.

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PHOTO: A man watches the new Emergency Alert System(EAS) test on November 9, 2011 in Washington.Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

The test was issued at 2:20 p.m. EDT, according to a press release, and aired on television and radio stations nationwide. It’s the fifth time a test like this has been administered, the last one took place in October 2018.

“This year’s test will evaluate the readiness of the national alerting capability in the absence of internet connectivity,” FEMA’s announcement said.

The test should only last about one minute, FEMA said.

The Fayette County Emergency Management warning sirens were also tested at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

If you live near a park or golf course, residents heard the outdoor siren sound a series of chimes followed by a voice announcement “This is a test.”