Nationwide Testing of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and radio and television Emergency Alert System (EAS) participants, will conduct a nationwide test of EAS beginning at 2:20 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019. A backup date is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21st, 2019, if needed. The test, which uses IPAWS, is a key way to assess the operational readiness of the Nation’s alert and warning infrastructures for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are warranted. Public safety officials need to be sure that they are able to get urgent, life-saving alerts to the public in times of an emergency or disaster. This year’s test will evaluate the readiness of our national alerting capability in the absence of internet connectivity, focusing on the capability of EAS radio and television providers to distribute a test message nationwide. The 2019 IPAWS National Test of EAS will broadcast a test message that is approximately one minute long. Broadcast radio and television, cable, wireline service providers, and direct broadcast satellite service providers will each broadcast the test message once within a few minutes of the test. The national EAS test message will look and sound very much like the regular Required Monthly Test messages broadcast by all EAS participants. This will be the first time since the adoption of the National Periodic Test (NPT) EAS Event Code that FEMA has conducted a nationwide EAS test using the NPT code and initiation of the test message from the National Public Warning System component of IPAWS. The EAS test message is expected to have limited impact on the public with only a minor interruption to regular radio and television programs. The EAS test message will be: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communication Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert, you heard at the start of this message. No action is required.” The FCC requires all EAS Participants – that is, radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers – to participate in this test and collects data through the EAS Test Reporting System. The FEMA IPAWS program continues to examine how to make the test message and all alert and warning messages more accessible to those with access and functional needs, and with limited English proficiency. Due to technical limitations of the aural only over-the-air EAS relay that will be used for this year’s test, there will be no supporting English or Spanish full message text display on television screens. Please contact the IPAWS Program Management Office at if you have any questions.

How To Separate Debris

As the clean out process starts, below is how to separate your debris and set it on the curb for pick up. The county will deploy teams to help get debris removed from neighborhoods and streets. Recovery managers provide this diagram to assist survivors in their cleanup effort. Published with permission of the Tuscaloosa News.

Registration for Assistance and Debris Cleanup

Registration for Assistance and Debris Cleanup For Immediate Release- August 30, 2017 County officials, first responders, county employees and partners worked around the clock to ensure the safety of Montgomery County citizens. We will now move into recovery mode, use the information below to begin to rebuild. Disaster survivors may register the following ways: Online at gov By phone 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Residents affected by Hurricane Harvey are encouraged to register even if they have insurance. If applicant is underinsured, FEMA maybe able to help after insurance claims have been settled. If you are a resident that suffered damage to your home, vehicle or property, document the damage and clean-up. Here are the first steps you can take to re-enter your home. If your home has suffered damage, call your insurance agent to file a claim. Check for structural damage before re-entering your home to avoid being trapped in a building collapse. Take photos of any floodwater in your home and save any damaged personal property. Make a list of damaged or lost items and include their purchase date and value with receipts, and place with the inventory you took prior to the flood. Some damaged items may require disposal, so keep photographs of these items. Save all receipts from purchases made in your recovery efforts. Things to remember when cleaning up debris: Wear proper personal protective equipment (gloves, goggles, boots) When cleaning flooded areas wash hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer Throw away items that cannot be easily disinfected Discard any food that has been exposed to flood water Seek immediate attention if you become ill or injured If you have debris from the Hurricane register on to be put on the list for pickup.  Follow the guidelines for debris pickup. The debris needs to be separated and placed on the county right-of-way for the trucks to pick it up. The contractors will not go on private property. Residents should separate items into 6 different piles in the county right-of-way, DO NOT PUT DEBRIS IN BAGS: Normal household trash – to be picked up by your service provider. Any normal household trash may be bagged or put out in the restrictions per your trash pickup. Vegetative debris (tree limbs, trees, shrubs, plants) Construction/demolition debris (sheetrock, carpet, wood, flooring, furniture) White goods (refrigerators, ranges, water heaters, freezers, unit air conditioners, washing machines, clothes dryers, and other similar domestic and commercial large appliances) E-waste (electronics) Household hazardous waste (paint, oil, cleaning supplies, fuel)   Residents should not place debris directly under power lines. Residents should make sure debris piles are easily accessible and are not next to or leaning against trees, meters, mailboxes, water hydrants or anything else that…


RESCUE EFFORTS CONTINUE For Immediate Release – August 29, 2017   County officials, first responders, county employees and partners worked around the clock to ensure the safety of Montgomery County citizens. Over the course of the last four days, there were more than 1300 high water rescues performed, we are sheltering approximately 1100 citizens and roughly 300 roads were impassable and many homes and businesses sustained water damaged or destroyed. Before the onset of flooding, due to Hurricane Harvey, County Judge Craig Doyal signed a disaster declaration for Montgomery County, Governor Abbott has included us in the State disaster, and has been sent to the President.  Now, we need your help.  Starting Friday, please go to our site,, and complete the online questionnaire outlining your damage.  We need this vital piece of information, during the disaster request.   Today, we remain in rescue mode so be patient with us as we move forward and start working with FEMA to get our residents and business owners the information needed to rebuild their lives. Montgomery County offices will be closed tomorrow to the public, with the exception of, essential emergency services concerning Hurricane Harvey response and recovery. County employees should coordinate with their department heads or elected officials on any essential staffing needs Wednesday. How those not affected can help.  Please make your donations to the  hubs located here: Central Montgomery County: Crisis Assistance Center 1022 McCall Ave. Conroe, TX 77301 Phone: 936-539-1096 Closed Monday Tuesday – Friday 8:30 am – 11:30 am and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm   Falcon Steel America 3575 Pollok Dr. Conroe, TX 77303 Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm South Montgomery County: Interfaith of The Woodlands 4242 Interfaith Way The Woodlands, TX 77381 Phone: 281-367-1230 Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Parish 7801 Bay Branch Dr. The Woodlands, TX 77382 Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm East Montgomery County: Mission Northeast 22098 Loop 494 New Caney, TX 77357 Phone: 281-354-1200 Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Additionally, the Montgomery County Food Bank will be accepting mass quantity food, personal care items and toiletries at:  One Food for Life Way, Conroe, TX 77385 Phone: 936-539-6686  (GPS will recognize- 1 Prospect Point Conroe, TX 77385) Monetary donations to help county-wide flood recovery efforts can be directed to: United Way- 1600 Lake Front Circle Ste. 248, The Woodlands, TX 77380 Phone: 281-292-4155 The following schools will remain closed until Tuesday September 5th: Conroe ISD Splendora Montgomery New Caney Magnolia Willis For help and information on preparing for disasters, download our new preparedness app ReadyMCTX to your mobile device. Now is the time to make sure preparations are in order and check your emergency kits.   To receive emergency alerts to your phone or email from Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, register at When you are creating your profile, you must check the box next to Share my Smart911 Profile with TX-Montgomery-County-911 to support…