The Emergency Alert System (EAS) gets tested nationally this week.
FOX News Radio's Jeff Monosso reports:
We've heard these tests in our local communities for decades.
But this Wednesday, November 9th, at 2pm eastern time the Emergency Alert System gets it's first ever nationwide test.
The purpose - to allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to assess how well the Emergency Alert System would perform its primary function alerting the public about a national emergency.
Wednesday's EAS test will occur simultaneously across the US and its territories, lasting about 30 seconds before resuming back to regular programming.
Jeff Monosso, Fox News Radio.