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National emergency alert test will occur on Wednesday

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

There will be a national test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System or IPAWS Wednesday morning. The emergency alert will be sent to nearly all cell phones in the U.S. at 10: 18 a.m. Alaska Daylight Time. Cell phones on certain wireless carriers will receive a text notifying them of the test. Phones will also make a loud alert tone.

Two minutes later, radio stations and TV stations will broadcast an Emergency Alert System test message.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission originally scheduled the test for last month but pushed it back in order to avoid confusion with Hurricane Florence response efforts.

This comes about 10 months after the IPAWS system experienced issues during a tsunami warning in the Gulf of Alaska. However, other features in the wireless emergency alert system did get the message out to Alaskans affected by the warning.

The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is asking residents to participate in a survey on the effectiveness of the Wednesday’s test. To access the survey, residents can go to

Renee joined KBBI in 2017 as a general assignment reporter and host. Her work has appeared on such shows as Weekend Edition Saturday, The World, Marketplace and Studio 360. Renee previously interned as a reporter for KPCC in Los Angeles and as a producer for Stateside at Michigan Radio. Her work has earned her numerous press club awards. She holds an M.S. in journalism from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in women's studies from the University of Michigan.
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