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FIRST NATIONWIDE TEST OF THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM

Test to Take Place Wednesday, November 9 at 2 p.m. EDT

GLEN BURNIE, MARYLAND - - The Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management today announced that the federal government will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The test will last up to three and a half minutes and will interrupt regularly scheduled television, radio, cable, and satellite broadcasts.

“Most people are familiar with local broadcast testing. Testing the EAS on a national level is the first of its kind and will encompass all regions of the Nation simultaneously,” said Captain Eric Hodge, Director of the Office of Emergency Management. “Testing the EAS plays a key role in evaluating and improving the communication systems in place for all hazards.”

The test is being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as part of their ongoing efforts to keep the nation safe during emergencies.

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.

For more information on the November 9th National Emergency Alert System testing visit: http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm

Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management reminds citizens to assemble an emergency preparedness kit www.aacounty.org/OEM and emergency plan www.ready.gov/america/makeaplan for themselves, their families, communities, and businesses. Visit www.Ready.gov for more information about how to prepare for and stay informed about what to do in the event of an actual emergency.


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