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971Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test

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  • Bob
    Nov 4 7:37 AM
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      Essex EmComm Radio operators,

                      This is not specifically amateur radio, however please be aware of the test described below. There are many people that are not emergency comms savvy. Please help set them straight if you see that they are confused, or worse worried, by the test. Also monitor any or all of the methods mentioned and email me with your impressions of the test.



      On November 9, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct the first ever simultaneous test of the nation's Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 2 p.m. The test will last for 30 seconds, during which time an alert tone will precede a message announcing the test on broadcast media outlets, including radio, TV and, National Weather Service alert radios. The EAS is a national warning system to rapidly and widely broadcast emergency information. It is often used during times of severe weather and other emergencies, but has never been activated nationwide.