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Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System

Author: Office of Emergency Services
Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017 12:52 PM

FEMA and the FCC conducted a mandatory nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System on September 27, 2017.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a mandatory test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on September 27, 2017 at 11:20 am PDT.

The EAS test is made available to radio, television, cable, and direct broadcast satellite systems, and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test’s message will be similar to the regular monthly test message of the EAS with which the public is familiar, only inserting the word “national.” “This is a national test of the Emergency Alert System. This is only a test.”  No action is required on the part of the public during this test.

The back-up date for the test is October 4, 2017 at 11:20 am PDT, in case the September 27, 2017 test is cancelled.

Please visit our Public Alert and Notifications page to learn more about the Emergency Alert System and other public alert and notification systems that may be used during an emergency in San Luis Obispo County.

FEMA Press Release