November 9: FCC to test Emergency Alert System

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:

  1. The test will be over 2 minutes in length instead of the normal 10-60 second lengths.
  2. 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.

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