Our network

First-ever Nationwide Emergency Alert System test scheduled | News

Title (Max 100 Characters)

First-ever Nationwide Emergency Alert System test scheduled
First-ever Nationwide Emergency Alert System test scheduled

Pinellas County, FL -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.

The test will occur on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and may last up to three and a half minutes. The public will see a message indicating that This is a test. The audio message will be the same for radio, television and cable.

The national-level EAS is a public alert and warning system that enables the President of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies. Similar to local EAS tests that are conducted on a routine basis, the nationwide test will involve broadcast radio and television stations, cable television and satellite radio and television providers across all states and territories.

Over the past two years and as part of ongoing national preparedness planning efforts, FEMA, the FCC and other federal partners, State, local, tribal and territorial governments, EAS participants, and others in the EAS community have been working toward making this test a reality.

This event serves as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities and businesses. Anyone can visit www.ready.gov for more information about how to prepare for and stay informed about what to do in the event of an actual emergency. Visit www.fema.gov/eastest for more information on the test.

For more information on Pinellas County services and programs, visit www.pinellascounty.org, now with LiveChat, or create a shortcut to www.pinellascounty.org/mobile on any smartphone. Pinellas County government is on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Pinellas County Deals

Pinellas County Businesses