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Emergency Alert System Test: November 9, 2011

UNDATED (WAOW)--On November 9, Emergency officials across the nation will participate in a national Emergency Alert System test. What makes this test different than other tests is that it is a national test that will be initiated by President Barack Obama.

Newsline 9, along with other television and radio stations, will air the test at 1:00 p.m. on November 9. The test will last about 60 seconds. 

The following are Frequently Asked Questions about the Emergency Alert System Test, provided by Wisconsin Emergency Management. 

Frequently Asked Questions about the EAS Test

What is the Emergency Alert System (EAS)? 

The national-level EAS is a national public alert and warning system that enables the President of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies. Alerting authorities can leverage the state and local EAS to send alerts and warnings to radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wireline providers.

What is the Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test? 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) will send an EAS test message to all participating radio, television, cable and satellite providers.

What Can I Expect to Hear/See? 

The test may look like regular, local EAS tests that most people are already familiar with, but there will be some differences in what viewers will see and hear. The audio message will repeat "This is a test." The video message scroll may not indicate "This is a test" due to programming limitations. The message will last for approximately three minutes and then regular programming will resume.

Where Will I Hear/See the Test? 

On all participating radio, television, cable and satellite providers (who are called EAS Participants).

When Will the Test Occur? 

November 9, 2011 at 1:00 PM (central time). That time was selected to make sure the test can occur during normal business hours across many time zones.


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