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FCC testing Emergency Alert System Wednesday

Messages will be sent to all wireless phones

The Federal Communications Commission is set to conduct a nationwide testof the Emergency Alert System.

The test is Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 1:20 p.m. CST/12:20 p.m. MST.

Radio and television providers, including SDPB, will broadcast the test for approximately one minute.

Wireless Emergency Alerts will be sent to all cell phones. Government officials are working with wireless providers, emergency managers, and others to conduct the test.

These partners working together allow for the alerts to be accessible to everyone. FEMA officials said these test are important to ensure the public can be notified of any national emergency.

The text will be similar to what is broadcasted and will state:

"This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covering the United States from 14:20 to 14:50 hours ET. This is only a test. No action is required by the public."

If the test is delayed by incoming severe weather or any other widespread event, the back-up test is scheduled for Oct. 11.

Evan Walton is an SDPB reporter based in Sioux Falls. Evan holds a Master’s in English Literature from Southern New Hampshire University and was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 2015, where he served for five years as an infantryman.