The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, November 9th at 11:00 a.m. P.S.T.
We’re encouraging the public to avoid calling 911 during the test. The public will hear a 30-second message clearly indicating, "This is a test." The audible message will be consistent across radio, television, cable and satellite outlets. The visual messaging is not as clear. TV outlets have been encouraged to prepare an on-screen graphic indicating to viewers what they’re watching is merely a test. Click here for more information: http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm.
The national-level EAS is an alert and warning system that enables the President to address the American public during extreme emergencies. This test will resemble frequently conducted, local EAS tests. However, this is a national event. As such, this test will broadcast to television and radio outlets throughout the country.
This event serves as a reminder that everyone in the Portland area should sign up at www.PublicAlerts.org to receive emergency notifications via landline phone, cell phone, text and email. In cases of an actual emergency, this notification system enables local response personnel to contact homes and businesses as needed with information to protect life and safety.
Portland Fire & Rescue
We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
November 9, 2011
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