On Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 11am, a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be conducted. Similar to local EAS tests conducted on a regular basis in our area, the national test will also include all broadcast TV stations, radio stations and video providers, including cable and satellite operators at the same time.
However, unlike the local EAS tests that usually last approximately 30 seconds, the nationwide test may last up to three and a half minutes, and it will interrupt programming on all channels from all service providers.
This national EAS test will be conducted jointly by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through its Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS), the federal agencies that have EAS management responsibilities.
Although the EAS has been in existence for more than 15 years, there has never been an end-to-end, nationwide test of the system. The nationwide test is being conducted to verify the reliability of the EAS system and its effectiveness in alerting the public on a national scale.