Oct. 14, 2011 – The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will take place at 1 PM Nov. 9.
The EAS is a media communications-based alerting system that is designed to transmit emergency alerts and warnings to the American public at the national, Tribal, state and local levels.
EAS participants broadcast alerts and warnings regarding weather threats, child abductions and other types of emergencies. Alerts are transmitted via TV and radio including satellite television and cable.
FEMA will conduct the test along with the Federal Communications Commission. The alert will be transmitted throughout the country, will last approximately 3 minutes, and will be monitored by EAS participants.
Emergency management and media officials are working to ensure the public is aware that the test will occur on Nov. 9. The test will involve only those broadcast providers that participate in the EAS. For more information, visit the FCC’s EAS web page at: www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/emergency-alert-system-eas.
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