State to hold monthly Emergency Alert System test Thursday afternoon

State to hold monthly Emergency Alert System test Thursday afternoon
South Carolina emergency officials are holding the monthly test of the Emergency Alert System at 4 p.m. Thursday. (Source: Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Don't be alarmed if you see an alert message on your television or hear one on the radio Thursday afternoon.

South Carolina emergency officials are holding the monthly test of the Emergency Alert System at 4 p.m.

The Emergency Alert System is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable television systems, wireless cable systems, satellite digital audio radio service providers, and direct broadcast satellite providers to provide the communications capability to the President to address the American public during a national emergency.

The statewide test is happening Thursday in the wake of severe weather and flooding experienced in part of the state because of Hurricane Florence.

But Thursday’s alert is only a test.

A similar nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and the Wireless Emergency Alerts system scheduled for Thursday was postponed until Oct. 3, according to FEMA.

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