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Nationwide Emergency Alert System test on Nov. 9

November 03, 2011

There will be a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System at noon (Mountain Standard time), Nov. 9. The test will last 30 seconds and the public will hear a test message on radio and television stations.

The national Emergency Alert System is a public alert and warning system that enables the president of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies.

This is the first nationwide test of the system that will involve television stations (including digital television, cable and satellite television) and broadcast radio stations across all U.S. states and territories. The test will play a key role in ensuring that the U.S. is prepared for emergencies and that the public is able to receive critical and vital information, should it ever be needed.

Emergency Alert System participants provide a critical public service to the nation as an alert and warning system when all other means of communication are unavailable.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises that the test can serve as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities and businesses.

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