Radio, cable and satellite TV will be interrupted for up to three and a half minutes Wednesday during the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. The test is scheduled for noon.
“Routt County Office of Emergency Management would like to ensure that all Routt County employees and the larger public are aware that this event will be just a test, and not a real emergency alert,” the agency stated in a news release.
The alert system is meant to allow the president of the United States to deliver information to the public. Existing tests and alerts are used to deliver more localized information.
The national test is being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Communications Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“A national test will help federal partners and Emergency Alert System participants determine the reliability of the system, as well as its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers both nationally and regionally,” the release states. “Routt County Office of Emergency Management, along with FEMA, encourages the public to use this event as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities and businesses.
“Visit www.ready.gov for more information about how to prepare for and stay informed about what to do in the event of an actual emergency.”