National Emergency Alert System Test on November 9, 2011
An important reminder that the first nation-wide test of the Emergency Alert System will take place on November 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern. This means virtually every radio station, TV station, and cable outlet will simultaneously air a test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).
“This is a test” will be broadcast as an audio message for radio and television as well as a text/crawl on the television screen and will last approximately 3 minutes. Regular programming will resume when the Emergency Alert System test is over.
This is an excellent time for Emergency Managers and Public Safety officers in every type of industry to reach out to employees, citizens, stakeholders and customers regarding emergency preparedness.
The EAS Toolkit gives details on the history of the Emergency Alert System as well as helpful resources. Important recommendations in the toolkit include posting National EAS test information on websites, newsletters, social media and other communication channels.
IPAWS, in coordination with the FCC, developed an idea sharing website, A National Dialogue on the Emergency Alert System to discuss best practices and lessons learned from using the EAS. Watch a great video that explains the IPAWS system here: http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/