FEMA to Conduct Nationwide EAS Test

On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at approximately 12 noon MST, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).  This nationwide test will be heard on commercial radio and seen on local, cable, and satellite TV.  The All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio network will not broadcast this nationwide test message.

The purpose of the test is to assess the readiness and effectiveness of the EAS and identify improvements to better serve communities in the preservation of life and property.  Although the EAS is frequently used by the NWS and state and local governments to send weather alerts and other emergencies, there has never been a national activation of the system.

The All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio Routine Weekly Test that would normally be conducted on Wednesday, November 9, will be cancelled for that week.

The test may look like regular, 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 NOT indicate “This is a test.”  The message will last for approximately 30 to 60 seconds and then regular programming will resume.

As federal, state, tribal, territorial and local governments prepare for and test notification capability, this event serves as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities, and businesses.  FEMA.gov is an excellent resource for building a family preparedness plan and assembling an emergency supply kit.

For more information about the EAS test on Wednesday, November 9, visit the nationwide EAS test websites established by FEMA or the Federal Communications Commission.

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