Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test on Wednesday at 2pm

On Wednesday, November 9th, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the first national test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. This nationwide test will kick off at 2:00 p.m. (EST) and run concurrently across all time zones.

This system test is the first of its kind designed to broadcast a nationwide message to the American public. In the history of the country, nothing like it has been conducted on such a level. As you may be aware, there have been tests in the past, but not of this magnitude encompassing all regions of the United States simultaneously. The three (3) minute test will run concurrently on all radio and Television band stations exceeding the previous messages broadcast which were anywhere from a 30 second to 1 minute message.

The test message on TV may not indicate that it is just a test. This lack of an explanation concerning the message might create confusion. Please share this information with your friends and family so they are aware of the scheduled test!!

Click here for FEMA's website that will provide more information concerning this test.