FEMA, FCC to test nationwide emergency alert system Wednesday afternoon

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Don’t worry, it’s just a drill!!

Later Wednesday, you’ll be getting an emergency alert up on your phone, TV, or radio. It’s part of an effort by FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, to run a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).

Both tests will begin at 2:20 p.m.

Coordinators say the test is intended to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public in times of an emergency or disaster.

You can find out more about the test here.