Local residents, as well as people across the country, will hear the familiar EAS tones or see the test message across television screens, all at the same time. The nationwide test gives federal, state and local officials the opportunity to make sure that vital lsafety information can be communicated from the nation's capital to the public via broadcasters and cable operators.
At 11 a.m. (PST) Wednesday, Nov. 9, you will hear the familiar EAS tone, a voice saying "this is a test" on radio and television. The test will last approximately four minutes. No action is needed or required on the part of the public.
The nationwide test is being coordinated by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Managment Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service (NWS).
For more information, visit http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm.