This is just a test… FEMA to test nationwide emergency alert system

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:52 am on Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be participating in a national test of the emergency alert system at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Most everyone is familiar with the testing of the emergency alert system on TV, radio and cable TV stations. Typically, a man’s voice comes on the air, saying, “This is a test of the emergency alert system,” followed by a series of loud beeps.
Wednesday’s test will be different from the tests we’re used to in that:
• It is a national test across the entire country at the same time. All radio, television, cable and satellite operators will air the test simultaneously.
• Not everyone will see the familiar display at the bottom of the screen that says, “This is a test.” Instead, it will say, “This is an emergency alert.” Viewers and listeners should be reassured that it is only a test.
The test will be over three minutes in length compared to the 10 second weekly test and one-minute monthly test we have come to know.
The test is being conducted to see if FEMA’s systems are working across the country, so the agency can be better prepared in the event of an actual national emergency.
See for more information regarding the emergency alert system test.

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