H'mm, it will be Wednesday all day. But it's only test day once a year, and then only for a few minutes. (Around 2:20 p.m. EDT, last time I checked.)
There's another big test of the national Emergency Broadcast System this afternoon, this time checking the "analog" station-to-station relay system that now backs up the internet-based distribution system. This is the part that hard-failed the first time FEMA convinced FCC to run a full national test.
The analog backup has worked fine in tests since, but FEMA and FCC want to see if there are any holes in it they haven't yet found. I have to give the FCC credit -- after decades of just assuming the system would work, once FEMA goaded them into finding out for real and discovering it kind of didn't work, FCC has been enthusiastic about running yearly tests, collecting data from the participants, and working to correct the problems the test reveals.
4 months ago