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Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test Scheduled Wednesday

TEST WILL INTERRUPT PROGRAMMING ON ALL 7 SUNFLOWER STATE RADIO STATION FREQUENCIES

On Wednesday October 3rd the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with other federal agencies will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. This will be the first nationwide test of a Presidential-level WEA message and cannot be opted out.

The test will assess the nations readiness to distribute an emergency message nationwide and determine whether improvements are needed.

At 1:18 central time, WEA-compatible phones (most modern cell phones) that are switched on and in range of a cell tower will receive the test message. The message will be titled “Presidential Alert” and will read: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed” In addition to the displayed message, a loud tone and vibration will occur, the same tone that happens during a tornado warning or amber alert.

For more information, please visit FEMAs FAQ site: https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test

Following the test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System will be a test of the broadcast Emergency Alert System, which will interrupt regular programming on broadcast radio and television stations across the country at 1:20 central time.

The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency. The test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. The EAS message will include a reference to the WEA test:

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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