A nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), on Wednesday, November 9 at approximately noon MST or 1 pm CST. The test will be broadcast on local and satellite radio stations and local, cable, and satellite TV.
The purpose of the test is to assess the readiness and effectiveness of the EAS and identify improvements to better serve our communities. Although the EAS is frequently used by the National Weather Service and State and local governments to send alerts for severe weather and other local emergencies, there has never been a national activation of the system.
The test may look like local EAS tests, but people will notice some differences. While the audio message will announce the message is a test, the television message scroll will NOT indicate it is a test. The message will last for approximately three minutes before regular programming resumes.
The National Weather Service will not participate in the national EAS test, so weather radio receiver alarms will not be activated. In South Dakota, the NOAA Weather Radio Required Weekly Test normally conducted on Wednesday will be sent on Tuesday, November 8. If the test cannot be done Tuesday because of severe weather, it will be canceled for the week. The Required Weekly Test will not be conducted in Wyoming.
As Federal, State, tribal, and local governments test their emergency communications capabilities; this event serves as a reminder that everyone should create an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves, their families, and their businesses. Visit the FEMA web site for more information.