The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 1 p.m (CST).
The test will start at approximately 1 p.m. and will last :30 seconds. At this time, the public will hear a message indicating that “This is a test.” The audio message will be the same for both radio and television and ALL radio and television stations will be running this test.
The test will be conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The purpose of the test is to help government organizations and EAS Participants (radio and TV broadcast stations, cable operators and satellite radio and TV) determine the reliability of the EAS system. The test will serve as a benchmark for measuring the effectiveness of the EAS system, and for improvements in the EAS system going forward. FEMA and the FCC intend to conduct National EAS Tests on an annual basis.
Regular programming will be interrupted during the test. Once the test is completed we will join the program in progress.
Thank you for your patience.