From: Dearborn Police Department
On November 9, 2011 at approximately 2:00 PM, FEMA and the FCC will test the Emergency Alert System (EAS).
1) The Test is national and will come from FEMA.
2) All radio, television, cable and satellite operators will air the test at exactly the same time. Viewers and listeners usually change channels when a test comes on. This time it will be on every channel simultaneously.
3) The system test will take place on 11-9-11.
Similar to local emergency alert system tests, during the nationwide test on November 9, an audio message will interrupt television and radio programming indicating: “This is a test.” The nationwide test will last approximately *_30 seconds_*_ instead of 2-3 minutes, as originally announced_.* *This change has been made to reduce the disruption to the American public, while still maintaining our ability to test the system’s nationwide capabilities.
We are asking everyone to help spread the word. And remember, on November 9 at 2:00 PM EST, "Don’t stress; it’s only a test."
For videos, PSAs, and additional information please, visit FEMA FAQ’s page [http://www.fema.gov/eastest/faqs.shtm ] and the FCC EAS Test page [http://www.fcc.gov/nationwideeastest ].