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November 1, 2011 / Raffy Pekson II

USA to Conduct Nationwide Emergency Alert Test on November 9

Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) on November 9, 2011, at 2:00pm EST for 3-minutes

The U.S. will undergo the first test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) on November 9, 2011, at 2:00pm EST. Coordinated by the Department of Homeland Security, through its Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC (News – Alert)), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS), the test will last roughly three-and-a-half minutes. The public will hear a message indicating that “This is a test.” The audio message will be the same for radio, television and cable.

The national-level EAS is a public alert and warning system that enables the United States president to address the American public during extreme emergencies. Similar to local EAS tests that are conducted frequently, the nationwide test will involve broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wire-line providers across all states and territories.

While this is the first nationwide test of EAS, it is not a pass/fail issue. It is designed to give everyone involved an understanding of how well the system does or does not work and where it needs to be improved — coverage gaps, time delays, problems with various types of media, etc.


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