Emergency Alert System to Conduct Nationwide Test November 9, 2011
The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, or EAS, will take place at 1:00 p.m., Central Time, and 12:00 noon, Mountain Time) on November 9, 2011. The broadcasters, along with FEMA and the FCC, have been working hard to ensure both the success of the test AND that the public is informed and fully aware in advance. However, no matter how much outreach is conducted, or how plain the language is that accompanies the test alert, it’s likely that some of the public may be confused and feel compelled to contact police, fire, or other emergency services through calls to their local 911 centers.
The FCC has provided this helpful Consumer Fact Sheet. Also provided are these links concerning the upcoming test in American Sign Language (ASL) in both English and Spanish for hearing impaired individuals:
English voice and text/ASL http://deaflink.com/video/eas/l_eng.html
Spanish voice and text/ASL http://deaflink.com/video/eas/l_span.html