The Federal Emergency Management Agency, coordinating with the Federal Communications Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will conduct the first nationwide Emergency Alert System test at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Programming will be interrupted for 30 seconds. A single live-code alert, called the Emergency Action Notification, is sent simultaneously to stations across the country designated to relay national alerts to the public and other stations in their coverage area.
Agencies are testing the readiness and effectiveness of the Emergency Alert System as a first step. A more effective and functional system will require more testing to identify necessary improvements.