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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — It's only a test, but Minnesota public safety officials say now is a good time to have an emergency kit in your home and an emergency plan for your family.

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Minnesota will take part in Wednesday's first national test of the Emergency Alert System. It starts at 1 p.m. Central time.

The test will briefly interrupt regularly scheduled television, radio, satellite and cable programs.

Minnesota's top emergency official, Kris Eide (EYE'-dee), says the test is designed to ensure public safety officials and the president can immediately address the nation if there is a terrorist attack or disaster.

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Online:

http://www.ready.gov

http://hsem.dps.mn.gov

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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