In a joint news release, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place on August 7, 2019, at 2:20 p.m. EDT, with an alternate date of August 21, 2019.  The test will include audio and visual elements in order to be accessible to people with disabilities.

FEMA released a public service announcement about the August 7, 2019 EAS test with captions and in American Sign Language (ASL) at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB6pBe1l7m0&feature=youtu.be.   

Links to News Release:

URL:      https://www.fcc.gov/document/fema-fcc-announce-nationwide-eas-test-august             

Word:   https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-358666A1.docx

PDF:      https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-358666A1.pdf  

Text:     https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-358666A1.txt

For more information, please contact Maureen Bizhko, Attorney Advisor, Policy and Licensing Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, at (202) 418-0011 or maureen.bizhko@fcc.gov.  Individuals who are fluent in ASL may call the ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432‐2275 (videophone).  TTY users may call the FCC’s TTY number at (888) 835-5322.

Updated: 
Thursday, July 25, 2019