Monday, November 7, 2011

Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System - Wednesday, November 9th

As part of the effort to keep our country and communities safe during emergencies, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

The national test will occur on Wednesday, November 9th at 2 PM. The test will be similar to local emergency alert system tests. The test will be transmitted via television and radio stations.

The EAS is a national alert and warning system established to enable the President of the United States to address the American public during emergencies. The EAS can also be used by NOAA's National Weather Service, governors and state and local emergency managers so that it can be used to issue more localized emergency alerts.

For more information, please visit: http://www.fema.gov/eastest/