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11-9-11, 2PM, First National Emergency Broadcast!

Listen up!  America will be running it’s first National Emergency Broadcast next Wednesday at 2pm.

Here is the drill:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, or EAS, on November 9th.

The test will occur at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Nov. 9 to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS in alerting the public. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and FCC will transmit an alert throughout the country, which will be monitored by EAS participants.

The EAS is a media communications-based alerting system that is designed to transmit emergency alerts and warnings to the public at the national, state and local levels. Alerts and warnings can be issued regarding weather threats, child abductions and other types of emergencies. EAS alerts are transmitted over television and radio broadcast, satellite television and satellite radio, cable television and wireline video services.

Although the system has the ability to send messages regionally or nationally, it has never been tested at those levels. Local and state components of the EAS are tested on a weekly and monthly basis, but there has never been an end-to-end nationwide test of the system.

During the test, the public will hear a message indicating “this is a test.” The test will last approximately three minutes.

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