A recent release from the Shelby County Office of Preparedness announced the first-ever nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test will be conducted next Wednesday, November 9, at 1:00 p.m. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission will conduct the test, simultaneously, across several time zones.
During the test you may see or hear a message saying, “This is a test” – similar to the normal monthly EAS tests. The text at the top of your television screen may read, “Emergency Alert Notification has been issued.” Not every video message scroll may indicate a test is underway.
EAS partners and participants include all broadcasters on satellite and digital radio, television, cable television, and wireline video providers.
Although the EAS has been in existance for 15 years and EAS participants are required to test the system on a weekly and monthly basis, this is the first activation of the system on a national level.
“Nearly every day we hear reports that a disaster has occurred somewhere, striking neighborhoods, cities, and sometimes affecting entire regions. United Way is helping improve the resiliency of the Mid-South by collaborating with national, state and local disaster preparedness and response organizations. Early warnings of potential events can and do save lives. We are encouraging our network of volunteers, community organizations, and corporate constituents to observe our country’s first nationwide emergency alert test next week. An informed community is the basis for a prepared community,” said Loretta Hurt, United Way of the Mid-South’s Emergency Management Liaison and Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives.