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Disability News /KLKC

Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test Set for November 9th

Topeka, Ks - Kansas radio and television stations, along with cable TV systems and satellite TV companies, will participate in the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on November 9th.  The test, originating from Washington, D.C., will begin at approximately 1:00 pm Central and last for about 3-1/2 minutes.  During the test, the public will hear a message indicating that "This is a test."  Kent Cornish, President of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters said the National EAS Test is similar to statewide and local EAS tests that are conducted frequently.  He added “As the federal government and the media prepare to test their alerting capabilities, this event serves as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and an emergency plan for themselves.”   The national-level EAS is a public alert and warning system that enables the President of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies.  The system has never been used for that purpose; its primary use is to warn of state and local emergency situations, such as severe weather events.