October 02, 2023
This week, you might notice an unexpected message from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission recently announced they would conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts.
The television, radio, and cell phone tests will take place at 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday. For consumers, the message that appears on their phones will read: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
The test offers another reminder of the importance of timely emergency communications. As emergency managers, we give people critical information that offers reassurance during challenging times, whether it’s during an active shooter emergency, a severe weather incident, or a natural disaster.
Here are some key questions to include on your emergency communications check list:
When you’re in the middle of an emergency, it’s not easy to think of the exact right thing to say at the exact right time. Having a concrete plan will ensure everyone has the information they need.
Additional information about the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System is available online.
For questions, don’t hesitate to contact me or a member of HAP’s emergency management team.
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