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Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.

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Test of the Emergency Alert System today

A nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be conducted today, November 9 at 2:00 pm.  The test is anticipated to last 30 seconds.  No matter what channel or station you have selected on your radio or television, you will hear the same EAS message and tones. 

The Federal Communications Commission stated the test “will allow agencies to effectively assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS as a way to alert the public of national emergencies with limited disruption to the public”.