Wednesday is a test day according to FEMA and the FCC.

When a severe thunderstorm is rolling through Acadiana, the National Weather Service will issue a severe thunderstorm warning for the parishes that will be impacted by the severe weather.

The same thing happens if a tornado is spotted anywhere in Acadiana. The National Weather Service will send out an alert about a tornado warning for the anticipated parish where the tornado has been spotted.

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In a similar fashion, you are likely familiar with the weekly and monthly tests that you hear of the Emergency Alert System. You've probably heard messages something like this, "this is a test of the Emergency Alert System, in the event of a real emergency.

The Federal Emergency Management System and the Federal Communications Commission will be teaming up for a nationwide emergency alert test this Wednesday, October 3.

If you hear a strange sound emmitting from your cell phone this is a nationwide test, and this is scheduled to happen.

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What Will We All Hear and Experience?

Here is actually what we will all hear on our televisions, radios, satellite shows and cell phones,

This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covering the United States from 1:20 p.m. Central time to 1:50 p.m. hours. This is only a test. No action is required by the public.

It's as simple as that. We have had these tests before. We had one on August 11, 2021. The tests are actually required once every three years.

Here is an excerpt from an article from ABC7news about how this started,

According to FEMA spokesperson Jeremy Edwards, the audio signal used for the tests utilizes the same combination of tones familiar to Americans since 1963, when President John F. Kennedy established the original Emergency Broadcast System through an executive order. It's also the same tone that more than 1,700 local, stat, territorial and tribal authorities use to send similar alerts for more localized emergencies.


So, Despite What You Read on the Internet, There Are No Conspiracies

This is only a test. If something really dire were to happen this is the system that would alert our entire country of what was happening and what we should do. There is nothing nefarious going on here. Please make sure you don't share conspiracy theories as they are false.

You'll hear and see the alert on television, and you'll hear the alert on your phone along with radio stations. Don't be alarmed; it's really just a test.

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