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Emergency Alert System to be tested Nationwide on Nov. 9 

Nov. 4, 2011—The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). The alert will last approximately three minutes. During that time, an audio message indicating that "This is just a test" will be broadcast simultaneously on all radio, satellite radio, television cable stations and wire line providers. Due to limitations in the system, the video test message scroll may not be the same or indicate that "this is a test."

Individuals who are not aware of the test may perceive it as an actual emergency message, so district officials felt it was important to make the public aware of the test ahead of the testing period.

The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency are conducting the test as part of their ongoing efforts to keep our country and communities safe during emergencies. The purpose of the test is to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the system as a way to alert the public during nationwide emergencies.

For more information on the national Emergency Alert System, visit the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services or download the attached fact sheet (PDF).