Emergency Alert System First Nationwide Test

Don’t be alarmed that your television and radio signals across the nation were interrupted by an emergency alert Wednesday afternoon, it was only a test.

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As part of ongoing efforts to protect the United States during emergencies, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducted the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.

The national Emergency Alert System is an alert and warning system that can be activated by the president, if needed, to provide information to 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. The test helps ensure the system is effective in communicating critical information to the public in the event of a real national emergency.

The test was transmitted via television and radio stations across the U.S. and its territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa. Like local emergency alert systems, an audio message will interrupt television and radio programming indicating: “This is a test.” Regular programming resumed after the test was over. For more information about the nationwide Emergency Alert System test visit www.FEMA.gov and www.FCC.gov .

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