National EAS test to be conducted at 1pm Wednesday

Omaha, NE – A national test of the Emergency Alert System will be conducted Wednesday at 1pm.

It's the first-ever national test of the system, designed to inform the public of emergencies. Weekly and monthly tests are conducted at the state and local level. Wednesday's test will last approximately 30 seconds.

Bob Eastwood, communications coordinator for the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, says the national test is important to make sure the system works properly. State officials hope it also raises awareness of emergency preparedness.

Eastwood says the national test is a good time to prepare in the event of a disaster.

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