ATLANTA -- At 2 p.m. Wednesday, virtually every radio, television, cable and satellite station in the nation will take part in a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.
The test will be administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The test itself is expected to last up to three and a half minutes. The public will hear a message on all media that says, "This is a test."
Ordinarily, EAS tests are conducted locally on an ongoing basis, and this will be no exception, though the tests most viewers are familiar with generally last a minute in length.
The Department of Homeland Security, along with FEMA, the FCC and other federal, state and local government organizations have been working to make sure that the system will enable the president and other authorities are able to address the American public during a time of extreme emergency.
People are reminded to obtain or craft an emergency preparedness kit and make sure that they have an emergency plan for themselves and their families. More information can be found about emergency preparedness at http://www.ready.gov/.