Virginia Department of Emergency Management
10501 Trade Court
Richmond, Virginia 23236
CONTACT: Laura Southard
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 26, 2011
First national Emergency Alert System test scheduled for Nov. 9
RICHMOND, VA – The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System at approximately 2 p.m. on Nov. 9.
The test will include transmission of a "live" Emergency Action Notification alert code to all EAS participants and a notice to the general public that the EAS has been activated for a national emergency, along with an audible notice that "this is a test." The test will not be carried on NOAA Weather Radios.
Because this is a "live code" test, the automatically generated EAS text crawl on TV screens will display as an actual Emergency Action Notification. Nothing in the text crawl will indicate that the alert is a test. Broadcasters are encouraged to use a text slide in conjunction with the crawl, but they are not required to do so.
The test will last approximately three minutes. The FCC and FEMA have requested that broadcasters air public service announcements in advance of the test to assure the public that this is only a test. Pre-produced PSAs and scripts are available at http://www.easalert.org.
More information about the national EAS test is available at:
• FCC: http://www.fcc.gov/pshs/
• National Association of Broadcasters: http://www.nab.org/documents/advocacy/EAS/EAS.asp