RICHARDSON – Televisions, radios and cellphones will receive a test message Wednesday, Aug. 11 as part of a nationwide emergency alert system test.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct the test beginning at 1:20 p.m. (CT).

The test will consist of two portions: a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) portion, directed only to consumer cell phones where the subscriber has opted in to receive WEA test messages, and an Emergency Alert System (EAS) portion, sent to radios and televisions.

The EAS test will consist of a one-minute message like the monthly EAS test and will evaluate the readiness of the national alerting capability in the absence of internet connectivity.

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