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WSP: Don’t call 9-1-1 during test


The Washington State Patrol is reminding everyone that today’s national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is just that: a test.

This is the first time there has been a nationwide test of EAS, and there is concern that it could trigger calls to 9-1-1 from people unfamiliar with the process.

“We think a national test is a great idea, and probably overdue,” said Mark Layhew, director of the State Patrol’s Communications Division. “But we don’t want people wondering about it and calling 9-1-1.”

Layhew stressed that people should only call 9-1-1 when they need police, fire, or medical help in response to an incident.

“People should never call 9-1-1 about power outages...

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