Reminder: First Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test At 2:00 PM Eastern

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As a reminder in 20 minutes we will have the first ever Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test. Just in case, you know, the internet fails and various websites can not be accessed after the test...

Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test Introduction

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will conduct the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test on November 9, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

FEMA, the FCC, and NOAA’s vision for improving the EAS is incremental, which means testing the readiness and effectiveness of the EAS as it currently exists today is the first step. A more effective and functional EAS requires continual testing to identify necessary improvements so that all levels of the system can better serve our communities and deliver critical information that will save lives and property.

EAS Participants provide a critical public service to the nation as the resilient backbone of alert and warning when all other means of communication are unavailable. EAS Participants include all broadcasters, satellite and digital radio and television, cable television and wireline video providers who ensure the system is at a constant state of readiness.

The nationwide EAS Test is not a pass or fail measure, nor will it specifically test Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) compliant equipment (although CAP compliant equipment should pass the Emergency Action Notification [EAN] live-code in the same manner as legacy EAS equipment).

FEMA and its federal partners understand that improving the EAS is a process that takes time. IPAWS has compiled experiential lessons learned and best practices from the Alaska EAS Tests in 2010 & 2011 as well as through the EAS rebuilding effort and tsunami live-code test in the U.S. Virgin Islands (located in the EAS Tests and Demonstrations section).  Laboratory research is also being conducted at IPAWS.

IPAWS, in coordination with the FCC, is continually engaging the EAS Community through many activities, including information updates, workshops, roundtables, webinars, and on-site State and local EAS demonstrations to continue a solutions-oriented dialogue. IPAWS has also developed an external idea sharing website, A National Dialogue on the Emergency Alert System to discuss best practices and lessons learned from the EAS Community on a variety of topics that will support discussions during webinar and roundtable events.   

The alert and warning landscape is in an important state of transition; from the current system of radio, television, cable, satellite, and wireline broadcast media-based alerting to a future system that integrates new technologies for a more universal access to alert and warning messages. Future testing of the EAS will assess the effectiveness and reliability of other technologies to achieve the ultimate goal of timely alert and warning to American public in the preservation of life and property.

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Nationwide EAS Test Reminders

 

  • An Emergency Action Notification (EAN) live-code will be used for the Test.
  • The test will last approximately 30 seconds.
  • The Washington D.C. FIPS code will be used for the Test.
  • An End of Message (EOM) will be used to close the EAN (an Emergency Action Termination will NOT be used).
  • You should have at least two monitoring sources (review your State EAS Plan).
  • NOAA Weather Radio will NOT carry the EAN- check with your SECC/LECC for monitoring sources.
  • The Test will NOT use a CAP message nor evaluate CAP compliance.
  • The National Weather Service is rescheduling their Required Weekly Test for Tuesday November 8th.
  • If you do not have a PEP source, you may be able to monitor your local National Public Radio member station (contact NPR Headquarters).
  • Properly configure your EAS Device (see the EAS Best Practices Guide in the handouts section and visit the EAS Device manufacturer website)

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Nationwide EAS Test Frequently Asked Questions

The national-level EAS leverages the communications support of all participating analog and digital radio, television, cable, satellite, and wireline providers (also known as EAS Participants) through specialized EAS equipment. A single, live-code alert, called the Emergency Action Notification, (EAN) is sent simultaneously to Primary Entry Point (PEP) stations across the country. PEP stations are designated to relay national alerts to the public and other stations in their coverage area. Local Primary (LP-1) EAS Participants monitor the PEP stations and other sources for an EAS message. Other EAS Participating stations also monitor at least two sources (in most cases the PEP and LP-1 stations) to receive the EAS message, and broadcast the message to the public in their area.

Has there ever been an activation of the national-level EAS?

Although the EAS is frequently used by State and local governments to send weather alerts and other emergencies, there has never been a national activation of the system. The purpose of the November 9, 2011 Test is to assess the readiness and effectiveness of the current system and identify incremental improvements to better serve our communities in the preservation of life and property.

Why test the national-level EAS?

FCC’s Part 11 Rules require EAS Participants to regularly test the system on a weekly and monthly basis, called required monthly and required weekly tests. Although the EAS has been in existence for over 15 years, a nationwide test of the system has never occurred. FEMA and federal partners are working with the EAS Community to assess if the national-level system will work as designed should officials ever need to send a national alert. A simultaneous test can provide an accurate picture of the current state of the system and the improvements necessary for a more reliable and resilient EAS.

Who will conduct a nationwide EAS Test?

The nationwide EAS Test will be conducted jointly by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS). The three federal partners have EAS management roles. FEMA is the lead agency in all operational and management functions of the EAS, developing national alert and warning capabilities, and integrating new technologies. The FCC is an independent agency that grants licenses, and presides over EAS rules and the rulemaking process, enforces rules, and handles test reporting data directly from EAS Participants. FCC rules regulate the transmission of EAS alerts. The NWS is a key player in the dissemination of local warnings via the EAS.

Will an Emergency Action Termination (EAT) message be used?

An EAT will not be used during the Test. An End of Message (EOM) will be sent to return the station to regular programming.

What FIPS code will be used during the Test?

For the Test, the Washington, D.C. FIPS code will be used. Most EAS devices forward the EAN with the DC FIPS code. FEMA only originates an EAN with the Washington, D.C. FIPS code.

Will FEMA and the FCC specifically test for Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) compliance?

The first nationwide EAS Test will not specifically test for CAP compliance, however CAP enabled EAS equipment should receive and relay the EAN in the same manner as legacy EAS equipment. Future tests of the EAS will incrementally integrate other technologies after we assess the current state of the system.

Will NOAA Weather Radio carry the Test? 

NOAA Weather Radio will not transmit the EAS Test.  There is currently no mechanism to transport this type of message to NWR transmitters.  Additionally, the Test will use the EAN code where the audio message exceeds the two minute audio time limit allowed by Specific Area Messaging Encoding (SAME) and the EAS.

How can EAS Participants prepare for the Test?

FEMA and the FCC will work to provide equipment installation, operation, and configuration technical assistance, best practices, and a variety of other engagement activities with EAS participants to continue the dialogue of incremental improvements to the system. On June 9th, FEMA, the FCC and EAS Community Leaders and Experts participated in a virtual roundtable discussion on how to improve and prepare EAS Participants for the upcoming Test to support a best practice guide. FEMA and the FCC will continually improve the best practice guide in future roundtable and webinars and events (please see the Event Calendar for upcoming activities).

What will people hear and see during the Test?

During the test, listeners will hear a message indicating that “This is a test.” Although the EAS Test may resemble the periodic, monthly EAS tests that most Americans are already familiar with, there will be some differences in what viewers will see and hear. The audio message will be the same for all EAS Participants; however, due to limitations in the EAS, the video test message scroll may not be the same or indicate that “This is a test.” This is due to the use of the live EAN code – the same code that would be used in an actual emergency. The text at the top of the television screen may indicate that an “Emergency Action Notification has been issued.” This notification is used to disseminate a national alert and in this case, the test. In addition, the background image that appears on video screens during an alert may indicate that “This is a test,” but in some instances there might not be an image at all.

There are several limitations to the current EAS for individuals with access and functional needs. FEMA and the FCC are committed to providing organizations and the EAS community with information well in advance of the Test. FEMA and the FCC will further engage the EAS community to better understand the wide range of information and access needs in preparation for the national EAS. IPAWS has been performing outreach to access and functional needs organizations in several different forums, including working groups and roundtables led by the FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, with representation from multiple FEMA program offices, other Department of Homeland Security components, and other Federal Departments and Agencies.

How long will the Test last?

The test will last for approximately 30 seconds.

Why is the Test being conducted at this particular date and time?

The November 9 date is near the end of hurricane season and before the severe winter weather season. The 2 p.m. Eastern broadcast time will minimize disruption during rush hours, while ensuring that the test can occur during normal business hours across several time zones.

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HelluvaEngineer's picture

I can't wait to see Big Sis' face on my TV screen as the anthem plays in the background!

http://media.nowpublic.net/images//91/6/9160e16a1a7d8d79ed1e53d2e3062563...

nope-1004's picture

The American anthem?  Or the one where Obummer was born?

 

camaro68ss's picture

When big sis says "dont panic, this is only a test" Its time to panic! lol

Ahmeexnal's picture

like the tests that were being carried out during 9/11?
like the tests that were being carried out during the London bombings?
like the tests that were being carried out when Breivik pulled his stunt?

mkkby's picture

Does it include smoke signals?  I'm wondering how I'll get the message when an EMP has taken out my radio, TV and internet.

Conrad Murray's picture

Remember to avoid watching TV, listening to the radio, etc while the test is going on. More mind control than usual will be taking place.

TruthInSunshine's picture

This is just a test, and only a test.

In the case of a true emergency, there won't be any such notification, and you can tell that there's a disaster because your ass will be smoking while we focus every resource on getting the unelected shadow government to Cheyenne Mountain so that we can quickly admit them entry and lock the facility down as tight as a drum before the bare threaded, starving masses start showing up.

It sucks to not be a COG in the wheel.

You're on your own, bitchez.

SilverIsKing's picture

Did the test cover all 57 states?

TruthInSunshine's picture

Yes, and the U.S. Territories of the Bahamas, Jamaica, Antigua, Trinidad & Winnebago, too.

mophead's picture

Has there ever been an activation of the national-level EAS?

No.

Why test the national-level EAS?

Because we want to scare the hell out of the American people.

Who will conduct a nationwide EAS Test?

The CIA, Al-Qaeda, and certain Right-Wing Republicans who stand for the Military Industrial Complex.

Will an Emergency Action Termination (EAT) message be used?

There will be secrete subliminal messages, of course.

What FIPS code will be used during the Test?

Who cares, we want to scare everyone.

Will FEMA and the FCC specifically test for Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) compliance?

We'll comply with whatever we want.

Will NOAA Weather Radio carry the Test?

No, but speaking about the weather, HAARP is ready to go.

How can EAS Participants prepare for the Test?

Cuddle up in a fetal position.

What will people hear and see during the Test?

A bunch of weird noises and a song from Black Sabbath: WAR PIGS.

How long will the Test last?

As long as it takes to scare the hell out of everyone.

Why is the Test being conducted at this particular date and time?

Because we're going to start World War III. Ultimately, we will be fighting against the Russians, Chinese, and North Korea, while Israel fights against Iran and other Middle Eastern countries.

grok's picture

I just woke up, what'd I miss?

Dr. Richard Head's picture

While waiting in line for a TSA "Freedom Touch" Janet Napolitano came onto the screen of an over-head TV.  The "See something say something" campaign was being promoted by her.  After she asked for us to say something if we see something I blurted out, rather loudly, "I see something, Ms. Napolitano looks conspicuously like a man."  The laughter of the crowd around me was funnier than my comment.  Ad hominem attacks are fun from time-to-time.

Note to self's picture

Is there anything more clever and hilarious than making people's names into funny sort-of-sound-alike words?  Oh yes, puns,  Those are even funnier.

Piranhanoia's picture

Time for a new anthem, the old one doesn't apply any more.  It was about freedom.

Dr. Richard Head's picture

I have new words. This way we can keep the tune -

 

Oh say can you see TSA touching me
As they fondle my balls with our rights slowly fleeting
With blue shirts and black boots
Take away all my rights
With no shoes and no belt
TSA perverts feeling
Touching my pubic hair
Fingers in underwear
We all are suspects with the terrorists winning
Oh say does that TSA agent care
For the land of the thief and the home of the slave

Deadpool's picture

is this some nationalization of the cable companies or something?

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/1109/Emergency-Alert-System-Why-US-is-...

ZerOhead's picture

Internet fails?

Now why would an unlikely thing like that ever happen?

Jonas Parker's picture

As long as the DHS goons stay the hell off the amateur radio bands...

0cz's picture

And all of the sudden every America spontaneously supports war with Iran after this test.

john39's picture

funny.  you have to be suspicious about what these assholes are up to with this....

Mutatto's picture

Bullish....I know this because it's during market hours.

 

pods's picture

They are merely warming up the system to broadcast the Two Minutes Hate.

pods

Deadpool's picture

will it interfere with Rachel Ray?

andybev01's picture

If it dose they can leave it running.

iLoveMisesToPieces's picture

How hilarious would it be to swap out the recording with something like:  "We've declared marshal law, please wait for an escort to the nearest death, er FEMA camp".

sabra1's picture

market crashes, everyone long has their stops run through! that is why all shorts were taken out!

alien-IQ's picture

oh this should be orgasmagorically fun.

Dr. Engali's picture

Test my ass. It's a test for them for when they want to shut down the flow of information. I hope , for those of you who aren't prepared, that you do so very soon.

seek's picture

Which is why they're leaving off the EAT code on transmission. That's the code that causes the automatic equipment to tune back to normal programming. This is the wierdest part about this test.

El Gordo's picture

I'm unpluggin everything right now.  Better to remain ignorant.  Wonder how many emergencies Mr. O with come up with to get his mug out there for election season.  What a real farce we have here now. 

stateside's picture

Is this where the first ever subliminal broadcast occurs where we are all told to buy US stocks even if we have to go on margin?

stateside

Mercury's picture

 On June 9th, FEMA, the FCC and EAS Community Leaders and Experts participated in a virtual roundtable discussion on how to improve and prepare EAS Participants for the upcoming Test to support a best practice guide. FEMA and the FCC will continually improve the best practice guide in future roundtable and webinars and events (please see the Event Calendar for upcoming activities).

Well then I guess we don't need to see the test results to know that we're all fucked.

Cone of Uncertainty's picture

This is a test, and only test.

Now, bend over and take it sheep, I'm your master overlord, Ben BerBlanco.

Piranhanoia's picture

Gee,  we went back to the future.  Should we get under our desks?   Should we all call the police about anyone the wrong color?  If we cover our eyes will we get our retina's back?

it was fucking stupid in the 50's and 60's.  It is laughable now.  These are the stations that don't have people running them any longer.  Thank your NAB and their lobbying to destroy local TV and radio. 

You have to pay a subscription fee to get emergency warnings now.  Wonder who collects the fee?

Dr. Richard Head's picture

There was a turtle by the name of Burt and Burt the turtle was very alert.  When danger threatened he never got hurt, he knew just what to do - http://www.myspace.com/tikipalm/music/songs/duck-and-cover-18419610

JPM Hater001's picture

Thank you...I almost missed the practice drill for the end of the world.

Johnny Yuma's picture

It's just Skynet readying their global take over... This is just a test... For now...

Odin's picture

Edit: Duck, and cover. Duck, and cover.

Taterboy's picture

This in case the astroid that missed us decides to turn around and come back at us.

LongSoupLine's picture

Why is the Test being conducted at this particular date and time?

 

Because the shitstorm we, the government, created is coming.

 

 

fixed it using disinformation filters.

 

 

junkyardjack's picture

They will alert us that our money is now gone

Hayabusa's picture

They will inform us that they have changed the rules of the game and repeat the phrase "resistance is futile."

Thorny Xi's picture

The most overhyped 30 seconds in history .. and BTW, the keywords NOAA and NWS are wrong - they're not involved in this test. 

Carlyle Groupie's picture

Lolz. Website Value* 1.25. Imagine if Reggie was not here it would only be worth prolly 250K.

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

I particularly like that Tampa, FL is one of the largest daily visitor cities for ZH.  That's just fun.  Go Tampa!

faustian bargain's picture

Duck and Cover! Duck and Cover!

Alcoholic Native American's picture

This is outragous, I gotta get my fill of the Maurry show and Jerry springer in the daytime.  This thing better not last long.

TuesdayBen's picture

This is such a good and great thing.  Gawd I lub me some BigGubmint.