On November 9, 2011 at approximately 2:00 PM, FEMA and the FCC will test the Emergency Alert System using the Presidential Emergency Activation Notification. The Emergency Activation Notification (EAN) has never been tested before, so here are a few things you need to know:
- The test will be over 2 minutes in length instead of the normal 10-60 second lengths.
- All radio, television, cable, and satellite operators will air the test at exactly the same time.
Although this test is occurring at a time when national security, economic, and worldwide tensions are high, it is important to remain calm; this is only a test of the system. There is no need to contact emergency centers or authorities unless you are party or witness to an emergency situation at that time.