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Be prepared for tomorrow’s first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System

November 8th, 2011 · Comments

We’ve all seen and heard the local Emergency Alert System tests that interrupt your TV shows. Tomorrow, that test will expand to the entire country.

The first ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System is scheduled for 11 a.m. PST.

More than 20,000 television and radio broadcast stations across the country will participate in the first-ever, nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The test will last approximately 30 seconds and will look and sound very similar to local tests of the Emergency Alert System that occur frequently.

The EAS is a national alert and warning system established to enable the President of the United States to address the American public during emergencies. NOAA’s National Weather Service, governors and state and local emergency authorities also use parts of the system to issue more localized emergency alerts, such as Amber Alerts and weather alerts.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are conducting the test to assess the readiness and effectiveness of the current system to help ensure the alert and warning community is prepared to deliver critical information that can help save lives and protect property.

This nationwide test serves as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities and businesses. For more information about how to prepare for an emergency visit: www.seattle.gov/emergency.

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