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Gayle in MD
11-04-2011, 09:56 AM
Subject: Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test (EAS) on November 2nd



Please be aware that The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System at approximately 2 p.m. on November 9th. Please understand this is ONLY A TEST and is NOT A REAL EMERGENCY ALERT.

The Specifics:
The test will last approximately three minutes and will include transmission of a "live" Emergency Action Notification alert code to all EAS participants and a notice to the general public that the EAS has been activated for a national emergency, along with an audible notice that "this is a test." The test message will affect all TV and radio stations simultaneously, as opposed to a typical testing practice of one station at a time.

Because this is a "live code" test, the automatically generated EAS text crawl on TV screens will display as an actual Emergency Action Notification. Nothing in the text crawl will indicate that the alert is a test. Broadcasters are encouraged to use a text slide in conjunction with the crawl, but they are not required to do so. Therefore some stations may or may not have text indicating that it is a test.

Please feel free to log onto these websites for more details regarding the test.
FCC: http://www.fcc.gov/pshs/

FEMA: http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm

National Association of Broadcasters: http://www.nab.org/documents/advocacy/EAS/EAS.asp