Friday, November 4, 2011

Testing, Testing: Emergency Alert System

Dear Gentle Readers,

Madame L has just received a notice that next Wednesday, November 9, at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the FCC (the Federal Communications Commission) will conduct the nation’s first ever Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. According to Madame L's cable provider:

The purpose of this test is to help determine if the national-level system will work as designed, should officials ever need to send a national alert.

This test will last about three minutes and will be seen on all local, cable, and satellite TV stations across the country, as well as radio.
Please pass this information along to friends who may not have heard about it.

Here’s What You Should Know:

Your TV and radio programming will be temporarily interrupted. However, as soon as the test ends, you will be returned to your regularly scheduled programming.

To learn more about the national EAS test, check the FEMA information page at or the FCC's page at

Again, please pass this along.


Madame L


Ellen said...

Hmm, good to know. Thanks for the heads-up. Since I rarely have the TV or radio on, unless I'm in the car, I would likely miss this, so I'll try to make a point of looking out for it.

AskTheGeologist said...

Somehow, I don't think I will notice this.
I gave up Infotainment years ago.