This is Only a Test!

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) with radio, TV, and cable stations on September 27, 2017 at 11:20 am PDT. The test is expected to last approximately one minute and will verify the delivery and broadcast of a national test message and assess the readiness for distribution of a national-level test message.


  • Public safety officials need to be sure that in times of an emergency or disaster, they have methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public. Periodic testing of public alert and warning systems is a way to assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.


  • Significant coordination and regional testing has been conducted with the broadcast community and emergency managers in coordination and preparation for this EAS national test.


  • A test message will be made available and shared through radio, broadcast, and cable television systems in all U.S. states and territories, and is mandatory per Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The test message that runs on radio and television is nearly identical to the regular EAS monthly test messages that are normally heard and seen by the public.


  • The test is expected to have limited impact on the public with only minor disruptions of radio and television programs. This typically occurs when broadcasters conduct regular monthly EAS tests in their area, including states and tribal communities.


For additional information about the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the National EAS Test visit:



Robb Mayberry

Robb Mayberry is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. He has assisted in the response and recovery efforts with some of California’s worst disasters, including the San Refugio Oil Spill, the Valley and Butte Wildfires, Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Erskine Fire, and the Winters Storms of 2017. Prior to public service, he spent 25 years managing the public and media relations for some of Northern California’s largest healthcare organizations.

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