FIRST NATIONWIDE EMERGENCY ALERT TEST

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11/01/11 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will conduct the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test on November 9, at 11: 00 a.m. Pacific time (2:00 p.m. Eastern).  The test will last for approximately three minutes. More information about the test, is available at http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm

Escondido officials ask the public to make sure their friends, family members, coworkers and neighbors are aware of the upcoming test on November 9 to prevent any public confusion and to avoid flooding the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center with calls.

Similar to local EAS tests that are conducted frequently, the Nationwide EAS Test will involve broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wire line providers across all states and territories. However, in a departure from local tests, the alert will be broadcast on all TV channels and radio stations throughout the nation simultaneously.

During the test, listeners will hear a message indicating that “This is a test.” Although the EAS Test may resemble the local EAS tests that most Americans are already familiar with, there will be some differences in what viewers will see and hear. The audio message will be the same for all broadcasters; however, due to limitations in the EAS, the video test message scroll may not be the same or indicate that “This is a test.”

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