National Emergency Alert System Test Planned

226 PM EDT FRI NOV 4 2011  

On November 9th at 2:00 PM EDT, a nationwide test of the Emergency  
Alert System will occur. The National EAS is a public alert and  
warning system that enables the President of the United States to  
address the American public during extreme emergencies. The test is  
being conducted by FEMA and the FCC in order to test emergency  
communication capabilities for the nation.  

This test will be heard on radio and on local, cable, and satellite  
TV. This test will last from thirty to sixty seconds and return  
listeners and viewers back to regularly scheduled programming. The  
president will not be speaking, however audio stating 'This is a  
test' will be heard.  Those watching on TV might not see any visual  
clues, during the test.  

NOAA weather radios will NOT participate in the test.  In order to  
avoid confusion, the weekly testing of the NOAA weather radios for  
the second week in November will be moved to Tuesday, Nov. 8th.  

This testing event serves as a reminder that everyone should  
establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for  
themselves, their families, communities, and businesses.  

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