Nationwide test of Emergency Alert System 1pm today

November 9, 2011 8:58:23 AM PST
The federal government Wednesday will conduct a first-of-its kind nationwide TEST of the Emergency Alert System. That means at approximately 1pm, you'll see a test signal on your television screen.

The purpose of the TEST is to assess the effectiveness and reliability of the Emergency Alert System to an entire community during a nationwide emergency.

The FCC and FEMA will initiate the test to simulate a national emergency.

The test will be carried by all AM and FM radio stations, television stations, cable TV, satellite audio and TV systems in the 13-county Houston area.

The audio message on both radio and TV will repeat "This is a test" several times, but the scrolling text message at the top of TV screens will read "The Primary Entry Point System has issued an Emergency Action Notification for Washington, DC" to test what a real EAS message would display on TV sets.

Please do NOT call 911 during the test. Non-emergency calls about the test may overwhelm the telephone network at emergency call centers and delay response to real emergencies.

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