Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 2 p.m. EST
National Test of the Emergency Alert System – This is Only a Test!
DHS and FEMA Updates
FEMA, FCC Announce Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System
This 30 second test is scheduled for November 9, 2011
As many of you are aware, on Wednesday, November 9th at 2:00pm EST, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. The test will last approximately 30 seconds and will be transmitted via television and radio stations across the U.S.
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. While the system is often tested in local markets (a test with which you and the American public may be very familiar), a nationwide test will be instrumental in evaluating and improving the system, should it ever be needed.
Over the past year, our agencies have been working extensively with our state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, and other critical stakeholders to help inform all members of the public regarding the nationwide test. Now, with the test less than a week away, we ask that you join us in efforts to educate the public about this important event.
You can help us in a number of ways: your principals and colleagues can help us spread the word; you can help us by including a message in your newsletters/bulletins, updating your homepages through notification boxes, blogs and online videos; you can help in our Twitter campaign, in the days leading up to the test and during the test; post a Facebook notice about the test; and send notices to colleagues and community members.
For more information on this test visit: http://www.fema.gov/eastest/