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Emergency Alert System to Conduct First National Test This Week

Annapolis, MD (11-8-11) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen and the Annapolis Office of Emergency Management (OEM) are notifying residents that the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place on Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are responsible for the test which will last for 30-seconds. It will involve broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wireline video service providers. 

The public will hear a message indicating that, "This is a test." The audio message will be the same for radio and television. 

The EAS is a national alert and warning system established to enable the President of the United States to address the American public during emergencies.  Parts of the system are also used to issue more localized emergency alerts. All broadcast providers are required to receive and transmit presidential EAS messages to the public.

A national test helps the federal partners and EAS participants determine the reliability of the system and its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers.

 Visit www.annapolis.gov/oem for more information about how to prepare for and stay informed about what to do in the event of an actual emergency.  Visit www.readychesapeake.org for business preparedness information and local business collaboration in emergencies.