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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA, along with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, August 7.

The nationwide test will be sent to radio and TV stations beginning at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

The test will not include a message on cell phones via Wireless Emergency Alerts.

About the Test

The test is conducted through FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). This year, the test message will originate from designated radio stations, known as Primary Entry Point stations, which participate in the National Public Warning System, a component of (IPAWS).

All other radio and television stations, cable, wireline service providers and direct broadcast satellite service providers subsequently should receive and broadcast the test message.

The Baltimore County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is not involved in the test. "Part of our mission is helping to make residents aware of the test and the Emergency Alert System," Said Division Chief Jay Ringgold, director of Baltimore County HSEM.

This year’s test will evaluate the effectiveness of national alert systems in situations where internet connectivity is not available.

The test will last about one minute and will resemble monthly EAS tests. Tuesday's test will have a limited impact on the public, with minor interruption of radio and television programs. Both the audio message and text crawl should be accessible to people with disabilities.

Maryland is one of 22 states scheduled to participate tomorrow, February 24, in a national test of the Emergency Alert System. The test is scheduled to occur at 2:20 p.m. (Eastern).

The test will assess readiness for distribution of national emergency messages. County residents may hear and see the following on participating radio and television stations: "This is a national test of the Emergency Alert System. This is only a test."

The test is conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Additional information about the Public Alert and warning System and Wireless Emergency Alerts is available through FEMA or

Revised June 27, 2017