Released on November 3, 2011 - 1:32pm
Nov 03
Mayor Craig A. Moe would like the public to be made aware of the upcoming nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. The test will take place on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm eastern standard time and will last approximately 3 minutes. This is the first time this system will be tested across the entire country.

The National Emergency Alert System is an alert and warning system that can be activated by the President, if needed, to provide information to the American public during emergencies. NOAA’s National Weather Service, governors, and state and local emergency authorities also use parts of the system to issue more localized emergency alerts. The test is an important exercise in ensuring that the system is effective in communicating critical information to the public in the event of a real national emergency. It is a critical communications tool that can provide alerts, warning and information rapidly across multiple television and radio platforms.

Mayor Moe agrees with FEMA that it is of great importance to make sure all members of the public know that this test is coming up – and that it is just a test. For most of us, this test will look and sound very similar to the local tests of the Emergency Alert System that we often see on TV or hear on the radio.

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