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The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place on November 9, 2011 at 1pm on WDSE•WRPT. All radio and television stations must participate in the National EAS Test. The test will be conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The test will start at approximately 1pm Wednesday, November 9; and may last up to one minute.

The purpose of the test is to help government organizations and EAS Participants (radio and TV broadcast stations, cable operators and satellite radio and TV) to determine the reliability of the EAS system. It is not a "pass-fail" exercise. However, the first National EAS Test will serve as a benchmark for measuring the effectiveness of the EAS system, and for improvements in the EAS system going forward. FEMA and the FCC intend to conduct National EAS Tests on an annual basis.

Learn more about the Nation Wide Emergency Alert System Test:

EAS Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
EAS Fact Sheet (PDF)