FEMA: Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System

Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 PM EST 

As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our country and communities safe during emergencies, we’re working in partnership with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The EAS test plays a key role in ensuring the nation is prepared for any type of hazard, and that the U.S. public can receive critical and vital information should it ever be needed.

Over the past year, our agencies have been working with the broadcast community, cable operators and programmers, and other communications service providers that participate in the Emergency Alert System; our state, local, tribal, and territorial partners; and other critical stakeholders to help inform all members of the public regarding the nationwide Emergency Alert System test.

Here are specific items we want everyone to know about the test:

  • It will be conducted Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 PM EST.
  • 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.
  • Similar to local emergency alert system tests, an audio message will interrupt television and radio programming indicating: “This is a test.”
  • When the test is over, regular programming will resume.

As we get close to the test, the FCC and all of our many partners are working together to spread the word to as many members of the public as possible — so people know what to expect when the test takes place, and no one is caught off guard. We’re asking everyone to join us by spreading the word to your neighbors, co-workers, friends and family — share this web page, post a message on your social media site, and feel free to embed our videos on your website or blog.

For additional questions, visit the FAQ’s page and the FCC EAS Test page.

On November 9 at 2:00 PM EST, please remember:
don’t stress; it’s only a test..

source: http://www.fema.gov/eastest/

Quite interesting timing, isn’t it?. Also, something to ponder upon:

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One thought on “FEMA: Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System

  1. The video is interesting to me because of what it doesn’t tell you… The person who uploaded it deliberately limits the information supplied with it because supposition and speculation on the part of the viewer is more sensational than the mundane facts. You know me, I’m fascinated with the way that all it takes to scare people is “a glimpse, a hint… and our imagination will do the rest…” FEMA was criticised mercilessly for their poor response, lack of coordination and woeful unpreparedness to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Now, a mere 6 years later, they get it in the neck for attempting to be coordinated and prepared – “constructing concentration camps” as some would prefer to describe it. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    That trailer park in in the video is one of three in Louisiana and has been there for at least 3 years. It was never a secret, – the local news stations covered the story when they all started being parked up there – and it is made up mostly of post-Katrina trailers that were going to be sold or scrapped – until it was discovered that part of their construction contained formaldehyde at no-longer acceptable levels. FEMA has around 112,000 temporary housing units at 21 staging sites across the USA. Most are no longer usable because of the formaldehyde etc. FEMA couldn’t cope with Katrina, has now screwed up monumentally by wasting vast sums of taxpayer $$ on useless trailers, continues to pay to lease the ground to store them and still people think this agency could coordinate mass internment of the population?

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