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Nationwide Test of the Federal Emergency Alert System Nov. 9

Nationwide test of Emergency Alert System.

For the first time ever there will be a simultaneous, nationwide multimedia test of the federal Emergency Alert System (EAS) scheduled for 2pm EST on Wednesday Nov, 9, 2011. and will last for up to three and a half minutes.

This EAS test will be broadcast on radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and on wire line providers in all states and U.S. territories.

This national alert and warning system was set up to enable the President of
the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies.

The Nationwide Test is similar to local EAS tests that have been conducted
frequently for many years to test the operation of local emergency alert
systems. These local EAS tests typically last less than one minute and do
not occur on all media simultaneously.

Essentially this means that ALL broadcasts will be interrupted at this time and an audio message will repeat "This is a test" for a period of at least 3 minutes.

Please do NOT call 911 as this is only a test!!

More information can be found at http://www.holmdeloem.org/eas-test.html

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Jim Welch October 25, 2011 at 06:44 PM
What does Obama have up his sleeve that he feels it is necessary to shut down systems at 2:00 pm on a work day? I do not feel good about what is about to happen after this and it seems the Prez wants to be sure that this EBS works so he can try his Social Agenda.... Interesting... keep alert everyone... we are into something big here!
willp@synerfy.com October 25, 2011 at 07:47 PM
According to the "Emergency Broadcast System: The Lifesaving Public Service Program," United States Defense Civil Preparedness Agency, March, 1978, "The Emergency Broadcast System was established to provide the President of the United States with an expeditious method of communicating with the American public in the event of war, threat of war, or grave national crisis. It replaced CONELRAD on August 5, 1963. In later years, it was expanded for use during peacetime emergencies at the state and local levels. Although the system was never used for a national emergency, it was activated more than 20,000 times between 1976 and 1996 to broadcast civil emergency messages and warnings of severe weather hazards."
Mike Simpson October 25, 2011 at 09:05 PM
FCC’s Part 11 Rules require EAS Participants to regularly test the system on a weekly and monthly basis, called required monthly and required weekly tests. Although the EAS has been in existence for over 15 years, a nationwide test of the system has never occurred. FEMA and federal partners are working with the EAS Community to assess if the national-level system will work as designed should officials ever need to send a national alert. A simultaneous test can provide an accurate picture of the current state of the system and the improvements necessary for a more reliable and resilient EAS. Also - please note that it is EAS - not EBS.
Mike Simpson November 03, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Following is a link to a Video providing more information about the Test. Also includes an American Sign Language interpretation. http://youtu.be/oSpH2_CyQmE
Mike Simpson November 04, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Test to run for 30 seconds rather than two and a half minutes. WASHINGTON: The Federal Emergency Management Agency today notified participants in the upcoming nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System that it will run just 30 seconds rather than two-and-a-half minutes as originally planned. http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/125794

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