August 7, 2019 / 6:33 PM / 3 months ago

U.S. emergency alert test hits TVs and radios

WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) - A test of the U.S. Emergency Alert System interrupted radios and televisions across the United States on Wednesday, excluding cell phones sent a presidential alert last year.

The test at 2:20 p.m. EDT (1820 GMT) was issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission.

The test was to evaluate the U.S. government’s readiness to alert residents of an emergency in the “absence of internet connectivity,” the agencies said.

Radios and televisions received the message, but cell phones did not. In October last year, the Trump administration and FEMA issued a presidential alert to cell phones through the Wireless Emergency Alerts system. (Reporting by Bryan Pietsch; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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