Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System
Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 PM EST
Joint FEMA/FCC Letter: National Alert System Test (PDF 2MB, TXT 9KB)
part of our ongoing efforts to keep our country and communities safe
during emergencies, we’re working in partnership with the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) to 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 any type of hazard, and that the U.S. public
can receive critical and vital information should it ever be needed.
the past year, our agencies have been working with the broadcast
community, cable operators and programmers, and other communications
service providers that participate in the Emergency Alert System; our
state, local, tribal, and territorial partners; and other critical
stakeholders to help inform all members of the public regarding the
nationwide Emergency Alert System test.
Here are specific items we want everyone to know about the test:
we get close to the test, the FCC and all of our many partners are
working together to spread the word to as many members of the public as
possible -- so people know what to expect when the test takes place, and
no one is caught off guard. We're asking everyone to join us by
spreading the word to your neighbors, co-workers, friends and family --
share this web page, post a message on your social media site, and feel
free to embed our videos on your website or blog.
- It will be conducted Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 PM EST.
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 additional questions, visit the FAQ’s page and the FCC EAS Test page.
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