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November 07, 2011

Emergency Alert System Nationwide Test

November 9th, 2pm

A nationwide test of the Emergency Alert Aystem will be held this Wednesday at 2pm, E.S.T.   The test is being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in close coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). 

Some important facts about the test:
• The test will be approximately 30 seconds long and will look and sound very similar to the
frequent local tests of the Emergency Alert System;
• It will be transmitted via television and radio stations within the U.S., including Alaska,
Hawaii, the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa;
• An audio message will interrupt television and radio programming indicating: "This is only a
test," though text may not indicate this same message on the screen on every television
channel;
• Organizations that serve people with disabilities or people with limited English proficiency
should be aware that they may receive requests for information or assistance from
broadcasters or other communications service providers and emergency managers in the days
leading up to, during, and after the test; and
• When the test is over, regular programming will resume.
 

 For more information on this event, please visit the following links:

http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/emergency-alert-system-nationwide-test

 http://www.fema.gov/eastest/

 

 

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