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Nationwide Test Set to Sound at 2 p.m. Nov. 9

Everyone in the United States listening to the radio or watching TV at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Nov. 9 will hear an alarming three-minute set of beeps and tones followed by a reassuring voice repeating, “this is a test.”

It will be a first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) giving federal, state and local officials the opportunity to make sure vital life-safety information can be communicated from the nation’s capital to the public via broadcasters and cable operators.

The national Emergency Alert System is an alert and warning system can be activated by the President, if needed, to provide information to the American public during emergencies or the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse. NOAA’s National Weather Service, governors, and state and local emergency authorities also use parts of the system to issue more localized emergency alerts. The test is an important exercise in ensuring that the system is effective in communicating critical information to the public in the event of a real national emergency. It is a critical communications tool that can provide alerts, warning and information rapidly across multiple television and radio platforms.

Here are specific items we want everyone to know about the test:

  • It will be conducted Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 PM EST.
  • It will be transmitted via television and radio stations within the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.
  • Similar to local emergency alert system tests, an audio message will interrupt television and radio programming indicating: “This is a test.”
  • When the test is over, regular programming will resume.

10 comments to Nationwide Test Set to Sound at 2 p.m. Nov. 9

  • trainman

    Here are a few emergencies that weren’t mentioned in the article above that should also be broadcast.

    GE, Boeing Airlines and other large companies did not pay any corporate tax last year because of loopholes created by our politicians..

    Stockbrokers in this country making hundreds of millions a year through capital gains pay less percentage of income taxes than someone earning $25,000 a year.

    Unemployment rate for people with less than a high school diploma is at 17 1/2 percent due to the illegal immigrant policy this country now has forcing taxpayers to supplement those unemployed people.

    Unemployment rate for college graduates is now at 5.2%. These unemployed graduates are also burdened with tens of thousands of dollars of debt because they needed to pay for an education that was virtually free 25 years ago.
    Oh, incidentally the money used for those loans made by our large corporate banks was made available by our taxpayer funded bailouts. Now the same banks are charging students exorbitant interest on money they got for free.
    Figure that one out.

    Could anyone else add some emergencies for this broadcast???

  • Kate

    What happens to those of us who aren’t watching tv or listening to the radio? If I’m at work do I just have to wait for word to spread?

    • trainman

      Kate, you could start off by reading the New York Times business section every day and I guarantee you within one month you would know more about the BULL that’s going on in this country then listening to any TV or radio station. Stay away from the opinion and editorial pages and read the full stories yourself and come to your own conclusions.

      • Kate

        Thanks – I read the Times & the Journal & use tv news for the entertainment value.

        I was commenting on the Emergency Alert System. How will I find out if there is a Zombie Apocalypse or bombs dropping if I’m not in front of a tv or radio?

        • I Goodload

          There is a Zombie Apocalypse.It was on the Avenue in that Unholy Tattoo place. Jesus Saves.

        • trainman

          I don’t know Kate, that could be a tough one.
          Perhaps you could enlist the help of a close friend or relative and designate that person to call you in case of a nationwide emergency.

          • Kate

            If there’s a nationwide emergency the phone lines will be tied up. I can’t even get through to people at midnight on New Year’s. And what if the emergency event occurs while we are sleeping? Should I leave the tv on all night?

  • Irish Kevin

    Trainman may I add,That over 50% of the Population think that the Economy is magic and will get better when the Politicians tell them it is going to. One thing you can count on that Politicians are Liars and out for themselves. The one percent theory is correct ! Just ask our Mayor .

    • trainman

      The only magic I see is black magic the big business and politicians are inflicting on middle-class America.

      Some more statistics that may be very depressing is: over 40 million Americans receive some kind of public assistance. Also 40 million workers in this country earn less than $40,000 a year.

      It always strikes me funny when I hear a politician state “no new taxes” and then the next sentence begins with cutting Social Security or Medicare. So when a senior citizen pays 10 of $15 more a month for Medicare isn’t that essentially a tax increase?

      If only our politicians could preach from example and start cutting their own salary and fringe benefits before they ask us to cut ours.

      There is an old Italian expression that says a fish starts stinking from the head down.