The First Ever National Test of the Emergency Alert Broadcast System

by on November 2, 2011

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Emergency Alert SystemOn Wednesday, November 9th, the government will initiate the first ever nationwide test of the FCC’s Emergency Alert System.  The notice I received indicated that it will take place at 11:00 a.m., and I presume it means at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

This test will take place on both your TV and your RADIO.

The test will ensure that if it’s ever required, that we will have an effective National Emergency Alert System.  Which is kind of scary if you dwell on the premise of why the entire nation would need to be alerted to an event, unless it was something rather huge.

It’s being noted that The test will look like the standard emergency alerts we get that find their ways onto your TV screen at just the wrong time, like when the vote is being tallied up on Survivor or we finally find out if the butler did it on some other show.

The test will begin with three tones and the words, “This is a test” will appear on your TV screens.

“The test will be initiated from Washington, D.C. and it will activate Emergency Alert System across the nation. Once the test is completed, regular programming will resume and broadcasters, cable, and satellite providers will provide the FCC with details of their participation.”

I presume that satellite providers could possibly include SiriusXM?

Quick Facts:

  • Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.
  • You will hear the familiar Emergency Alert System tone and a voice say “this is a test,” and potentially see a message on your television
  • It will last less than 4 minutes
  • No action is needed or required on the part of the public”


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