The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, November 9th 11:00 a.m. P.S.T.
When the test occurs, please DO NOT call 911 unless you are experiencing a actual emergency. The public will hear a 30 second message clearly indicating, "This is a test." The message will be the same across radio, television, cable and satellite outlets. To further avoid confusion, TV outlets may prepare an on-screen “crawl” or other visual reminder indicating this is merely a test. Click here for more information: http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm.
The national-level EAS is an alert and warning system that enables the President to address the American public during extreme emergencies. This test will resemble frequently conducted, local EAS tests. However, this is a national event. As such, this test will broadcast to television and radio outlets throughout the country.
WHAT: National Emergency Alert System Test
WHEN: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.