NATIONAL EAS TEST: NOVEMBER 9, 2011

FEMA will conduct a test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on NOVEMBER 9, 2011, AT 2PM EASTERN. CLICK TO ACCESS IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND PSA’s.

As most of you know, FEMA will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on November 9, 2011 at 2 PM Eastern. The test will last up to three minutes. This very important test will be watched closely by the FCC, FEMA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This test will replace the monthly test for November as well as the weekly test.

The following documents will help you prepare for the test:

New EAS Plan

FCC EAS Handbook

Basic Information

Information Toolkit:(contains basic information about the test) National EAS Informational Toolkit

Best Practices Guide (Recently published guide provides troubleshooting advice)

Consumer Awareness

To avoid consumer confusion, FEMA, the FCC and others have prepared scripts and model PSAs. Obviously you will want to adapt these materials for your specific market.

Sample National Test PSA Scripts

FCC Nationwide EAS Test PSA (:30 English)

FCC Nationwide EAS Test PSA (:15 English)

EAS TV Slide Example

We will be providing additional information leading up to the test.