Emergency alert system to be tested nationwide
WASHINGTON (AP) - An emergency alert system is being tested across the country.
The test is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday and will be broadcast on all radio and television channels. It will last for about 30 seconds.
Listeners will hear a message indicating that it's a test.
The test is being organized by several federal agencies. Officials say they're doing the test in the afternoon to avoid rush-hour disruptions. They say the date was picked because it's near the end of hurricane season but before the arrival of winter.