Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System - Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. CT

Nov. 9, 2011

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in close coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), will conduct the first ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System at 1 p.m. CST. The test will occur simultaneously across the United States and the U.S. territories and will last approximately 30 seconds, after which regular programming will resume. The test will appear on all broadcast radio and television stations, cable television systems, satellite radio and television systems, and wireline video service systems. The test will not involve landline or mobile phones or other infrastructure such as power grids.

The test will be approximately 30 seconds long and will look and sound very similar to the frequent local tests of the Emergency Alert System. When the test begins, the public will hear a message indicating that "This is a test." The audio message will be the same for both radio and television. However, the image on the screen and the text/crawl at the top of television screen may not be the same for all viewers. When the Emergency Alert System test is over, stations will return to their regular programming.

For more information, visit http://www.fema.gov/eastest/.