November 09, 2011

National Emergency Alert System Test 

Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m. EST

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On November 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) test.

The Test may look like a regular local EAS test that most people are already familiar with, but there will be some differences in what viewers will see and hear. The audio message will repeat “This is a test.” The video message scroll may not indicate “This is a test.” The message will last for approximately 30 seconds and then regularly scheduled programming will resume.

The purpose of the Test is to assess the readiness and effectiveness of the EAS and identify incremental improvements to better serve our communities in the preservation of life and property. Although the EAS is frequently used by State and local governments to send weather alerts and other emergencies, there has never been a national activation of the system.

Visit 72hours.dc.gov for more information about how to prepare for and stay informed about what to do in the event of an actual emergency. To learn more about the EAS Test visit the FEMA.

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