By Tim Leeds 

Emergency alert test set for noon Wednesday


A nationwide emergency alert system will kick into operation Wednesday, but officials are urging people not to be alarmed — "This is only a test, is the big thing to remember, " Hill County Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator Joe Parenteau said Monday.

For the first time ever, an alert system will be used that blankets the entire country, sending out signals to radio and television stations nationwide.

Parenteau said that, while the system has been used and tested on local, regional and state levels, this is the first nationwide use of the system.

The system can be activated by...

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