LB Preps for a Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System

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Nationwide Test Of The Emergency Alert System

Administrator Fugate and FEMA's Neil McDevitt explain the Emergency Alert test. The test is slated for Nov. 9 at 11AM PST.

As part of the ongoing efforts to keep the country and communities safe during emergencies, Long Beach Fire Department is working in partnership with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

The EAS test plays a key role in ensuring the nation is prepared for any type of hazard, and that the U.S. public can receive critical and vital information should it ever be needed.

Over the past year, emergency response agencies have been working with the broadcast community, cable operators and programmers, and other communications service providers that participate in the Emergency Alert System; state, local, tribal, and territorial partners; and other critical stakeholders to help inform all members of the public regarding the nationwide Emergency Alert System test. 

Here are specific items that LBFD wants everyone to know about the Emergency Alert System test:

  • It will be conducted Wednesday, November 9 at 11:00 AM PST.
  • 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.

As the date for the test gets closer, the FCC and all of its partners are working together to spread the word to as many members of the public as possible — so people know what to expect when the test takes place, and no one is caught off guard. Long Beach officials are asking everyone to join in by spreading the word to their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family — share this web page or post a message on your social media site.

For additional questions, visit the FAQ’s page and the FCC EAS Test page.

And, on November 9 at 11:00 AM PST, please remember: don’t stress; it’s only a test..

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