LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The federal government has scheduled to test the national Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. central time. The test emergency alert is expected to be tested across all radio, television and satellite stations. The test will last approximately thirty seconds.
Calcasieu Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness Director Dick Gremillion said it's a way for the government to make sure the test works on a national level.
"The effort is to check to make sure all the systems work and if there are glitches in it, then identify those now," Gremillion said.
This will be the first time for the EAS to be tested nationally.
He said even though this is only a test, it could cause problems for the future because the test alert is heard "all the time" on the TV and radio.
"Most people are maybe going to assume it's a test," he said. "But the fear is though when we need it for real, they may think it's a test so that's one of the problems with a system like this."
But the whole purpose of an emergency test like this is for the federal government to find out if a crisis occurs, can the President get his emergency message to the people of the United States within 10 minutes using broadcast cable, satellite and social media.
KPLC will send out a special tweet and Facebook post on the emergency alert test as well as a broadcast.