Monday, November 7, 2011

National Test of the Emergency Alert System is November 9th at 11:00am

At 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, the nation’s emergency services workers will be testing the National Emergency AlertSystem.  This national system has been put in place to distribute information to citizens through a trickle-down system of local emergency centers which are in place nationwide.  Commercial broadcasters, as part of their license to broadcast to a service area, agree to cooperate with state and local authorities in the use of this system.

San Diego County residents are familiar with frequent tests of our local Emergency Alert System (EAS) as well as the (thankfully) occasional advisories, usually for severe weather and other emergency information distribution.

In this first ever test on a nationwide scale, the national system will activate state relay centers that will, in turn, activate local emergency centers (San Diego County) sending the emergency signal to local broadcasters and cable providers. 

The test should last about 1 minute. 

So, on November 9, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. (PST), stand by for a test. This is a test of the emergency activation system.  This is only a test.

Submitted by Andy Parr, Fire Chief


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