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Emergency Alert Test - Postponed to Oct. 3
The nationwide test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), which was originally scheduled to take place on Sept. 20, has been postponed and will be conducted on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The test, coordinated by FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will be broadcast via radio, TV, cable stations and wireless carriers. The WEA portion of the test will occur at 11:18 a.m. Pacific Time; the EAS portion will occur at 11:20 a.m. Pacific Time. No action is required; it is only a test. For additional information, visit FEMA has postponed the test due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

September is National Preparedness Month 
Disasters happen. Know disaster risks, have a plan and an emergency kit. Take time to learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance coverage and know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas. OEM encourages people to be prepared to be on their own for a minimum of two weeks following a disaster. We've created a wide variety of two weeks ready resources, and a series of fun and friendly animated videos. For more preparedness information visit

Great ShakeOut
ShakeOut 2018 is on Thursday, Oct. 18. Join OEM and partners across the state at 10:18 a.m. as we practice “Drop, Cover and Hold On” and other earthquake safety. For more information or to register to participate in this important earthquake exercise, visit



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