On Wednesday, November 9, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the FCC will conduct the first national test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System.
This nationwide test will kick off at 2 p.m. EST and run concurrently across all time zones.
This system test is the first of its kind, designed to broadcast a nationwide message to the American public. In the history of the country, nothing like it has been conducted on such a level. Emergency broadcast tests such as this have been preformed in the past, but not of this magnitude encompassing all regions of the nation simultaneously. The three-minute test will run concurrently on all radio and TV stations, exceeding the previous messages broadcast which were anywhere from a 30 second to one-minute message.
There is great concern in local police and emergency management circles about undue public anxiety over this test. The test message on TV might not indicate that it is just a test. Fear is that the lack of an explanation regarding the message might create panic.
If you have questions please call the Environmental and Occupational Safety office at 229-293-6171.