Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System

Date: 
November 9, 2011 - 1:00pm

The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place at 1:00 PM Central Standard Time this Wednesday, November 9, 2011. The purpose of the test is to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS as a public alert mechanism.

EAS Participants currently participate in state-level monthly tests and local-level weekly tests, but no top-down review of the entire system has ever been undertaken. The Commission, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will use the results of this nationwide test to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS as a public alert mechanism. The cable distributors of the Urbana Public Television signal (Comcast and AT&T) will participate in this test, and thus UPTV viewers should see the test on Wednesday afternoon along with the rest of the nation. The test will resemble the regular weekly and monthly EAS tests on radio and TV with which you may be familiar, and will last about three minutes.

More information is available at FEMA's website.