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Federal agencies to test emergency alert nationally

ALBANY, Ga. — To strengthen efforts to keep the country and communities safe during emergencies various federal agencies plan to test the nationwide Emergency Alert System.

“We want our community to understand this is a test,” said Jim Vaught, Albany-Dougherty Emergency management Agency deputy director.

The first nationwide test is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday. It could last up to three and a half minutes. It will be transmitted on television and radio.

Similar to local emergency alert system tests an audio message will interrupt television and radio stations throughout the country. It will state “This is a Test.”

Because the test is using the current system a crawl that says it is a test may not appear at the bottom of some television sets. Please remember it is a test.

Information and a video explanation by the Federal Emergency Management Agency is available at: fema.gov/medialibrary/media_records/6407 and in Spanish at fema.gov/medialibrary/media_records/6408.

When the test is over regular programming will resume. According to a FEMA press release, “The test plays a key role in assuring the nation is prepared for all hazards, and that the U.S. public can receive critical and vital information, should it ever be needed.”