Monday, October 31, 2011

Expect nationwide emergency alert system test on Wednesday, Nov. 9

NOTE: The following information was released by FEMA.

The first nationwide test of the emergency alert system will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Communications Commission and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The test may last up to 3½ minutes. The public will hear a message indicating, “This is a test.” The audio message will be the same for radio, television and cable.

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

As part of ongoing, national preparedness planning efforts, work to make the test a reality has been occurring over the past two years by FEMA; the FCC; other federal partners; state, local, tribal and territorial governments; emergency alert system participants; and others in the emergency alert system community.

While the federal, state, tribal, territorial and local governments prepare for and test their capabilities, the event serves as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities and businesses. Visit for more information about how to prepare for and stay informed about what to do in the event of an actual emergency.

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