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National Test of Emergency Alert System Set for Nov. 9

Article submitted by: Lieutenant Colonel Paul Hertel, ILWG/PAO

On November 9th FEMA, DHS and FCC will conduct the first national test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System test.  This test will kick off at 1:00 p.m. (CST).  The test will be nationwide, running concurrently across all time zones.

This system test is the first of its kind.  It is designed to broadcast a nationwide message to the American public.  Nothing like it has been conducted in the history of the country.  There have been tests in the past but none to all parts of the Nation at the same time.  The test will
run concurrently on all radio and TV band and the message will run for three minutes.  Most messages in the past were anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute.

There is great concern in local police and emergency management circles about undue public anxiety over this test.  The test message on TV might not indicate that it is just a test. Fear is that the lack of an explanation message might create panic.  Please share this information with your family and friends so they are aware of the test.

Below is additional information, along with two websites, that will provide more information…

http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=55722
http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm
https://nationaldialogue-emergencyalertsystem.ideascale.com/

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