The National Emergency Alert System Test, which will take place on Wednesday, has been shortened from two and a half minutes to 30 seconds. The Department of Homeland Security recommended the test be shortened. The two and a half minute test would have been much longer than past tests and officials were worried it might panic people. The test will take place at 1pm and will be on all channels. This is only a test, but keep in mind that KCII is the one to count on for up to the minute coverage in an emergency.