Nationwide emergency alert test scheduled

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Rapid City Pennington County Emergency Management

RAPID CITY, S.D. — FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will test emergency alerts and wireless emergency alerts nationwide this week.

As part of the nationwide tests, residents will see on televisions and hear alerts on the Wireless Emergency Alert test on their mobile device on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021 at 12:20 p.m. MDT.

The purpose of this test is to assess the effectiveness of the Emergency Alert System to receive and convey a nation message via radio and television, and of the Wireless Emergency Alerts infrastructure to deliver a test message to mobile phones.

FEMA and the FCC regularly tests the public alert and warning systems to assess the operational readiness of the supporting infrastructure and to identify any needed technical and administrative improvements to warn the public about emergencies.

Learn about the FEMA Emergency Alert System here.  Learn about the Wireless Emergency Alerts and how they are used here.

For more information on all of the warning systems used in Pennington County visit our website at . You can find additional safety information and how to prepare your family and be ready for disasters by visiting

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