Tomorrow (Wednesday, November 9th) at 2:00 p.m. the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be conducted. The alert - which could last up to three minutes - is often used by local officials and will, for the first time, be tested across the entire country. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the national test will help "determine the reliability of the system and its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers nationally and regionally."
FEMA offers the following important facts to keep in mind about tomorrow's test:
- It will be transmitted via television and radio stations within the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa;
- An audio message will interrupt television and radio programming indicating that "This is only a test," though the text may not indicate this same message on the screen on every television channel;
- Organizations that serve people with disabilities or people with limited English proficiency should be aware that they may receive requests for information or assistance from broadcasters or other communications service providers and emergency managers in the days leading up to, during, and after the test; and
- When the test is over, regular programming will resume. For more information, please visit