Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test

Just received this in an email and wanted to share:

Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test

For The First Time Ever!

On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, FEMA, DHS and FCC will conduct the first
national test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. This
nationwide test will kick off at 2:00 p.m. (EST) and run concurrently across
all time zones.

This system test is the first of its kind designed to broadcast a nationwide
message to the American public. In the history of the country, nothing like
it has been conducted on such a level.

As you may be aware, there have been tests in the past, but not of this
magnitude encompassing all regions of the Nation simultaneously. The three
(3) minute test will run concurrently on all radio and TV band stations
exceeding the previous messages broadcast which were anywhere from a 30
second to 1 minute message.

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
regarding the message might create panic.

Please share this information with your family and friends so they are aware
of the test.

Here is the FEMA website that will provide more information regarding this


  1. Wow! I just saw that on TV and I was wondering what it was! Thanks for explaining!!

  2. I'd be a little panicked, if I didn't know about it and there was no warning that it was a warning!


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