Reminder: we lose an hour going back to Central Standard Time this Sunday morning.
As part of an ongoing effort to keep our country and communities safe during emergencies, the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 1 p.m. CST on Wednesday, November 9.
The EAS test plays a key role in ensuring the nation is prepared for all hazards, and that the U.S. public can receive critical and vital information, should it ever be needed. This test may last up to three and a half minutes and 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. Similar to local emergency alert system tests, an audio message will interrupt television and radio programming indicating: “This is a test.” When the test is over, regular programming will resume. The national Emergency Alert System is an alert and warning system that can be activated by the president, if needed, to provide information to the American public during emergencies. NOAA's National Weather Service, governors, and state and local emergency authorities also use parts of the system to issue more localized emergency alerts. This test is an important exercise in ensuring that the system is effective in communicating critical information to the public in the event of an actual nationwide emergency.
Because of accessible technology limitations at some broadcast facilities, the words “this is a test” may not appear on the screen.
A video from FEMA is at http://www.fema.gov/eastest/ which explains concerns of the disability community, and to inform the public in advance so the test does not cause alarm. Office of Emergency Management, along with FEMA, encourages the public to use this event as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency plan for themselves and their families.
Additional information on emergency planning can be found at http://www.fema.gov/