First Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System

Test to Take Place November 9, 2011 at 1 p.m. CDT

As part of their ongoing efforts to keep our country and communities safe during emergencies, the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The EAS test plays a key role in ensuring the nation is prepared for all hazards, and that the U.S. public can receive critical and vital information, should it ever be needed. The first nationwide test will be conducted Wednesday, November 9 at 1 p.m. CDT. This test may last up to one minute, and will be transmitted via television and radio stations within the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. Similar to local emergency alert system tests, an audio message will interrupt television and radio programming indicating: “This is a test.” When the test is over, regular programming will resume. For more information about the nationwide Emergency Alert System test, please visit http://www.fema.gov/medialibrary/media_records/6407 and www.FCC.gov.

On November 9 at 1 p.m. CDT, please remember: Don’t stress; it’s only a test.

NOAA WEATHER RADIO WILL NOT BE PARTICIPATING IN THE NATIONAL EAS TEST.
The NOAA Weather Radio Routine Weekly Test that would normally be held on Wednesday, November 9th will be held on Tuesday, November 8th. If the rescheduled NOAA Weather Radio routine weekly test can’t be held because of potential severe weather on Tuesday, November 8th, the test will be canceled for the week.

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