November 7, 2011Anonymous Special to The Item
HUNTSVILLE — The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System or EAS at 1 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday.
The test, which will be initiated from Washington, D.C., will simulate the president’s issuance of an emergency action notification message for a national emergency, such as a nuclear attack, terrorist incident or natural disaster, city of Huntsville officials said Tuesday.
According to FCC regulations, all radio, television, cable and satellite systems nationwide will interrupt their regular programing to broadcast national EAS messages. Those watching television or listening to the radio should expect the message at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
While the test will be held in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the EAS test will not be carried by NOAA weather radios. The normal NOAA radio test — typically held on Wednesday — will instead be conducted today.
For more information about the test, visit http://www.fema.gov/eastest.