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Nationwide Emergency Alert Testing Today

The Red Wing Police Department and Red Wing Fire Department encourage the public to be aware of nationwide emergency alert testing that will be conducted via cellphones, television, and radio on Wednesday.

The national test, coordinated by FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission, will be done in two portions, both beginning at approximately 1:20 p.m. local time.

The Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) portion of the test will be directed to all consumer cellphones, with a message displayed in English or Spanish depending on the phone’s language settings. Phones should only receive this message once.

The Emergency Alert System (EAS) portion will be sent to radios and televisions. That message should last approximately one minute. All messages will indicate that they are a test. No action is required from the public.

This test helps ensure the WEA and EAS are effective means of warning the public about emergencies, especially at the national level.

Should there be widespread severe weather or other significant events, the test may be postponed to Wednesday, October 11.

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