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Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test on Wednesday

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 11:07 pm on November 4, 2011
Emergency Alert System to perform nationwide test on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 2:00pm.

Emergency Alert System to perform Nationwide Test on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 2:00pm.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - On November 9, 2011 at 2:00pm, the first ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will take place.

The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a media communications-based alerting system that is designed to transmit emergency alerts and warnings to the American public at the national, state and local levels.

The EAS was created in 1994 to replaces the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS), which was first introduced in 1963.

In the past, you may have been watching t.v. or listening to the radio and heard an announcer break in and say, "This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System.  Had this been an actual emergency you would have ...[read more]

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