Beep. Beep. Beep. “This is only a test”

If you happen to be listening to, or watching, media outlets at 2 p.m. today, don’t be surprised if an Emergency Alert Message starts to play.  And if you switch the channel and see a similar message on every other station, don’t be alarmed. That’s because today – Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m. EST — the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are conducting the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

You’ve probably seen/heard an Emergency Alert message on a station before, but today marks the first time the same message will be playing at the same time, in every outlet (such as broadcast radio, television stations, cable television systems, satellite radio and television systems, and wireline video service systems).

Given our strong affinity for disaster preparedness here around the Red Cross, we are always a fan of tools and ideas like these that help people stay informed. (Which after all, is Step 3 of our Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed.  Disaster Preparedness plan.) You can check out the EAS Website to learn more information about today’s Nationwide Emergency Alert test and be sure to share the news with your friends that, “This is only a test.”


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