Holbrook Police brief residents on National Emergency Alert System testing underway tomorrow afternoon

For immediate release

* These tests are not an emergency *

HOLBROOK – Chief William Smith and the Holbrook Police Department would like to inform residents that the National Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alert will be tested tomorrow afternoon.

At 2:20 p.m. EST on August 11, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a national test of the emergency alert system. emergency and wireless emergency alert.

The purpose of the test is to assess the effectiveness of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) for receiving and transmitting a national radio and television message, and the Wireless Emergency Alerting Infrastructure (WEA) to send a test message to mobile phones. Unlike the last national WEA test in 2018, most mobile phones will NOT display the test message.

During the EAS test, radios and televisions across the country may interrupt normal programming to broadcast the EAS test message, which will last approximately one minute and may be delivered in English or Spanish. The visual message, which will only be displayed on TVs, may vary by channel. The message will include, at a minimum, the sender, event, location, message validity period, and the time the message was transmitted.

The test message sent to the WEA infrastructure will only be received by specially configured phones and will state: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is necessary.

Only phones that have been specifically selected to receive system test messages will display the test message, which will be in English or Spanish, depending on the device’s language settings. Unlike test messages, in the event of an actual emergency, the public would receive emergency alerts on their compatible phones (even if they did not opt ​​to receive test messages).

For more information on the FEMA test, click here. You can find more information about WEA and EAS here.


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