Test of the National Emergency Alert System on Wednesday

November 06, 2011

nationwide EAS testYour afternoon television and radio shows will be interrupted for about three minutes on Wednesday, November 9th at 1 p.m. Central. Do not be alarmed though, it is only a test of the Emergency Alert System. This will be the first test of the Emergency Alert System on a nation-wide basis.

You are probably familiar with the monthly and weekly tests conducted by radio and television stations. Those test local alerts; the test to be held on November 9 will test nationally, identifying any necessary improvements to the system, which is essential to ensuring the readiness and effectiveness of the system, says a FEMA-issued statement.

The test is being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and will be issued through all Emergency Alert System participants, which includes all broadcasters, satellite and digital radio and television, cable television and wireline video providers.

The three-minute test will sound similar to the tests we’re used to hearing on radio and television, but what television viewers will see will vary across the system (but will include text indicating that the message is a test). The November 9th test date was selected to avoid any potential national weather crises, with the end of hurricane season near and the winter weather season just underway. The 1 p.m. Central test time — 2 p.m. Eastern — was selected to avoid any disruptions during rush hour, but during normal business hours, across several time zones.

Click to learn more about the Nationwide EAS Test.

[Post written by Amanda Winters]

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