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Nationwide test of Emergency Alert System set for Wednesday

The Emergency Alert System will be tested nationwide on Wednesday.

The test, being conducted by the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Association, will be conducted at 1 p.m. CST. Residents are urged not to call 911 during the test unless requesting the assistance of police, fire or EMS.

The test is “part of our larger efforts to strengthen our nation's preparedness and resiliency,” Sedgwick County Emergency Management Planner Rick Shellenbarger said in a prepared statement.

“Testing the Emergency Alert System plays a key role in evaluating and improving the systems we need in place to ensure our nation is prepared for all hazards and that people within its borders are able to receive critical and vital information through the system, should it ever be needed,” Shellenbarger said.

In addition to the national EAS test, a limited number of local outdoor warning sirens will be tested between 8 a.m. and noon Wednesday regardless of weather conditions. Residents should be aware of the tests and encouraged to tune into local media outlets in the event of inclement weather.

Residents are urged not to call 911 in response to the sirens.

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