Nationwide Emergency Test Coming Monday

Minnesota media will take part in the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System on Wednesday.

The test should be on nearly every radio and television channel, but outdoor sirens are not scheduled to sound.

“This test is crucial to make sure that, in the event of a national terrorist attack or other wide-ranging disaster, public safety officials and  the president have the immediate ability to address the nation,” said Kris Eide, director of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The test will be approximately three minutes long, which is longer than the regularly scheduled weekly and monthly tests.