(James Burnett, Winston County Emergency Management Director, asked me to post this information about a test of the Emergency Alert System.)
As part of their ongoing efforts 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). 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. The first nationwide test will be conducted Wednesday, November 9 at 1 p.m. CDT. This test will last 30 seconds
, 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. For more information about the
nationwide Emergency Alert System test, please visit http://www.fema.gov/medialibrary/media_records/6407 and www.FCC.gov. On November 9 at 1
p.m. CDT, please remember: Don’t stress; it’s only a test.
· FEMA Administrator’s Message – In English http://www.fema.gov/medialibrary/media_records/6407
· FEMA Administrator’s Message – In Spanish http://www.fema.gov/medialibrary/media_records/6408
· FEMA Press Release – http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=55722