Update: Nationwide test of Emergency Alert System

Update: The test of the Emergency Alert System is cancelled in Alaska.

KODIAK, Alaska - The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission, in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System Nov. 9, 2011. Photo courtesy of Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission, in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The test will last approximately 30 seconds and will be transmitted on television and radio stations across the United States.

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. While the system is often tested in local markets, a nationwide test will be instrumental in evaluating and improving the system, should it ever be needed.

The test is an important exercise in ensuring that the system is effective in communicating critical information to the public in the event of a real national emergency. It is a critical communications tool that can provide alerts, warning and information rapidly across multiple electronic platforms.

For more information, contact FEMA External Affairs at 202-646-4600 or FEMA-News-Desk@dhs.gov of the FCC at nationwideEASTest@fcc.gov.

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