Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) being tested

On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, FEMA, DHS and FCC will conduct the first ever National test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS).  This Nationwide test will kick off at 1:00 pm our time (CST) and run concurrently across all time zones.

This system test is the first of its kind as is designed to broadcast a nationwide message to the American public.  In the history of the country, nothing like it has been conducted on such a level.  There have been tests in the past, but not of this magnitude encompassing all regions of the Nation simultaneously.  The three (3) minute test will run simultaneously on all radio and TV band stations, exceeding the previous messages broadcast which were anywhere from a 30-second to 1-minute message.

There is concern in local police and emergency management circles about undue public anxiety over this test.  The test message on TV might not indicate that it is just a test.  The fear is that the lack of an explanation regarding the message might create panic.

The Austin Diagnostic Clinic wanted you to be aware of the test.  Please feel free to share this message with friends and family.

Below are a few websites that will provide more information regarding this test: