FEMA Flexes Muscles with Emergency Alert Systems Test from 1-2 PM CST

Oklahoma City– Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak this afternoon reminded citizens that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be conducting its first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test on Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. Central Standard Time.

FEMA, in a collaborative effort with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), are testing readiness and effectiveness of the United States’ emergency warning system at a national level. Participants include all broadcasters, satellite and digital radio and television, cable television and wireline video providers. Regular programming will be interrupted during the test.

For more information about the test, visit the Oklahoma Insurance Department online at oid.ok.gov and click the front-page banner on the subject.

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This is a public service announcement from Cox for a little more information

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

Important Information About the Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test.

On November 9, 2011 a nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test will be conducted at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST. This is the first time that the EAS will be tested on a national level. Please note that no actual emergency is taking place, this is just a test.

So, what exactly is the Emergency Alert System?

  • The EAS is a system used by the local and federal governments to alert citizens to critical information during an emergency.

Okay, but why does it even need to be tested?

  • A national alert has never been issued and the process for issuing a national alert has never been tested. It is not certain that the system will work properly at a national level.
  • This national test will ensure that the system works as intended, and the results make it possible to improve the national EAS’s capabilities should it ever be needed.

Well, how long should it last and what will we see and hear?

  • The test should last approximately thirty seconds.
  • “This is a test” will be audible. However, the visual message may not signify that “this is a test” as the code transmitting the message will not have this text.
  • A background screen and/or video scroll signifying that “This is a test” to supplement the message may or may not appear on the screen.
  • Visual problems are working to be corrected, and Outreach to the help of hearing impaired organizations is ongoing to enlighten that community about the test.

Where can I find more details?

  • Visit www.cox.com and select our “help and support” tab for more information.
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Remember, this is only a test. No action is needed on your part so please do not be alarmed.

Thank you for being a valued Cox customer.

 

More from FEMA on topic here (your tax dollars at work):

Here’s a little more ‘information’ from Grassroots in Nebraska via Shelli Dawdy (in her inimitable style)

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for OKGrassroots

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