National Emergency Alert System Test
National emergency alert system test On November 9th @ 2:00 PM ET, the 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). As this event draws near, the federal government is encouraging Emergency Management officials to get the word out to all citizens.
The Test may look like the regular local EAS tests 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 three minutesand then regular programming will resume.
This test will be heard on the radio and seen on local, cable, and satellite TV. Because of this first nationwide test, it is believed that local 911 systems may become overwhelmed.
Conducting this test provides an opportunity to baseline the system. Information on this test should be widely disseminatedto all citizens, local governments, academic institutions, 911 centers, transit agencies and tribal offices. The Pinal County Office of Emergency Management will also provide information on their website and through other media.
As the Federal government prepares to test their capabilities, this event serves as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities, and businesses.
Posted on November 8, 2011, in In the news and tagged Emergency Alert System, Emergency Broadcast System, Emergency management, Federal Communication Commission, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.