NBC Bay Area
Don't be alarmed.
An emergency test could catch people in Contra Costa County off guard Wednesday night.
The county is testing a new emergency telephone notification system from a new vendor.
The current warning system was heavily scrutinized after the Chevron refinery fire in Richmond last August.
Some received alerts late.
Others, not at all.
Starting at 5:30 Wednesdays night, people who live near four refineries and chemical plants in the county will begin receiving calls.
The tests will run through 7 p.m.
If your cell phone is registered to receive alerts, you will receive the test alert.