Emergency Message Test scheduled for Wednesday

Staff Report

Louisiana is one of 22 states taking part in the next Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) IPAWS/EAS test scheduled for Wednesday, Feb, 24, at 1:20 P.M. (CST).  The states stretch from the Midwest to the South to the Northeast. This includes all states in those areas that have not participated in previous tests, with the addition of two territories and the District of Columbia.

The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System or IPAWS is an internet-based resource Federal, State, territorial, tribal, and local authorities can use to issue critical public alerts and warnings. The test message will use the National Periodic Test (NPT) event code with an audio message similar to a typical Required Monthly Test text.

Station participation in the test is completely voluntary. The test will not replace any scheduled monthly or weekly tests. If problems are identified during this event, volunteer participants will not face action from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Enforcement Bureau.

“This is a great opportunity to determine how the state system will respond to an NPT before a mandatory test scheduled later this year,” said GOHSEP Director James Waskom. “Communication is key during any emergency event. IPAWS is an important tool to help emergency managers at all levels get critical information to the public.” 

You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the new Alert FM App.  It is free for basic service.  You can also download the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and find other information at