On Wednesday, November 9th at approximately 1 pm Central Time, FEMA will conduct a nationwide test of the emergency alert system, otherwise known as the EAS.
To avoid confusion, the NOAA Weather Radio routine weekly test that would normally be held on Wednesday, November 9th, will instead be held on Tuesday, November 8th. If the rescheduled NOAA Weather Radio routine weekly test cannot be held because of potential severe weather on Tuesday, November 8th, the routine test will be canceled for the week.
The purpose of the national EAS test is to assess the readiness and effectiveness of the EAS and identify improvements to better serve our communities in the preservation of life and property. Although the EAS is frequently used by the National Weather Service and local governments to send alerts of severe weather and other emergencies, there has never been a national activation of the system.
The nationwide test of the EAS will be heard on local and satellite radio and seen on local, cable, and satellite TV for a period of about 30 seconds. However, the test message will not be broadcast over any NOAA weather radio stations, as it is intended to test other parts of the communication system.
The test will look similar to local EAS tests that most people are already familiar with, but there will be some differences in what viewers will see and hear. The audio message will repeat "This is a test." The television, cable or satellite video test message scroll may or may not indicate that this is a test. The message will last for approximately 30 seconds and then regular programming will resume.
As federal, state, tribal, and local governments prepare to test their capabilities, remember that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and plan for themselves, their families, communities, and businesses.
Complete Information: www.fema.gov/eastest
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