RICHMOND, Ky. (FOX 56) — It’s going to be a loud day in Richmond on Wednesday.
Both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission will be conducting an alert test across the country on Wednesday, and in Kentucky’s Eastern Standard Time, devices are expected to sound the alarm around 2:20 p.m.
The alert systems are ways emergency management agencies are able to ping citizens through amber alerts for missing children, golden alerts for adults who may be in danger, or severe weather alerts.
While the national test is meant for safety purposes, a special warning goes out to victims of domestic violence who have burner phones or hidden devices to make sure they’re powered off before 2:20 p.m.
Mackenzie Davis, the administrative support specialist at the Richmond Police Department said, “The Federal Communications Commission does this test at least every three years in order to test their capabilities. Places like emergency management or other local first responders to be able to use the system to send out emergency alerts to their citizens.”
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Davis said that will not be the only thing making loud noises in Richmond on Wednesday.
“The DOCJT recruits will be going through some vehicle explosive training,” Davis said. “So there might be some explosions that happen in the area of DOCJT. Residents and businesses nearby may hear some of those things, but it’s just training, and there’s no need to be alarmed.”
Richmond Police said people in the area of DOCJT, Baptist Health Richmond, and Lancaster Avenue may hear explosions from this training course the most but want to ensure there will be no danger to the public and will not be an emergency.