National EAS Test - November 9th

Here are the details about a National Emergency Alert System (EAS) test which will be conducted by FEMA on November 9th:

What:    A Nationwide Test of EAS

When:    Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at approximately 1:00 p.m. CST

Why:    To assess the readiness and effectiveness of the national EAS and identify improvements

How:    The Nationwide Test of the EAS will be heard on local & satellite radio, and will be seen on local, cable and satellite TV for about 30 seconds. The audio message on radio and TV will indicate "This is a test". However, scrolling video messages on television may NOT indicate "This is a test".

NOAA Weather Radio Impacts:

  • The test will NOT be broadcast over NOAA Weather Radio stations, since it is intended to test other parts of the emergency communications system.

  • The NOAA Weather Radio Routine Weekly Test normally held on Wednesday November 9th will be held on Tuesday November 8th, between 11:00 a.m. and Noon CST.

  • If there is a potential for severe weather on Tuesday November 8th, the Routine Weekly Test will be canceled for the week.

  • Repeating...there will be no NOAA Weather Radio Routine Weekly Test on Wednesday November 9th.


More Information:    If you want more information about the National EAS Test, visit the following webpages...

FEMA Press Release on the National EAS Test

FCC Frequently Asked Questions on the National EAS Test

Provide your input about EAS to FEMA


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