REMINDER....At 2 p.m. today, the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will take place on all radio and TV stations. The test will last about 30 seconds and mark the first time it has ever been administered on a nationwide scale, at the same time.
“FEMA and federal partners are working with the EAS Community to assess if the national-level system will work as designed should offici...als 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,” according to FEMA.
One thing to remember: If you hear those familiar, precautionary words, but don’t see them on your screen, don’t panic.
“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,” according to FEMA.
The test is a joint effort between FEMA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Weather Service.
The conspiracy theorists are saying this is the beginning of a government takeover of the airwaves. Anything to paint President Obama as a dictaor. GAH!