Public Alert and Warning Systems at 2:20pm on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will test the nation’s public alert and warning systems at 2:20 pm this Wednesday, August 11, 2021. This test will comprise of live testing the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA) of the Integrated Public Alert Warning System (IPAWS). The State of Vermont and Vermont Emergency Management will not be initiating this test as this is conducted by FEMA and the FCC.

What will occur? The general public watching broadcast media at this time will hear the emergency alert tone, followed by an automated message as well as a message marquee. Cell phone users who have not opted out of WEA tests will receive a push notification to their phones. It is important to understand that this is a test but to ensure that you have read the message completely as emergencies can happen at any time.

Is there any action needed from you? Only if you are to receive calls from the public about the validity of this test. Please ensure the public that this is a test issued by the FCC and FEMA and is legitimate. If the public has any questions, please point them to the links below.

Please reach out if you have questions.

Here is a link to the press release issued by FEMA.

General Public information regarding IPAWS.

Public Safety Officials information on IPAWS.

How to opt-in or opt-out of WEA tests.


Ian P. Kilburn

VT-ALERT Administrator

Vermont Emergency Management