National Test of the Emergency Alert System
On Wednesday, November 9, at approximately 1 PM, FEMA, in coordination with the FCC, will conduct the country's first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test. The test will last approximately 3 minutes across the country. The purpose of the test is to assess the reliabiity and effectiveness of the system in alerting the public. The national-level EAS is a public alert, warning system that enables the President to address the public during extreme emergencies. During the test, all EAS participants, including broadcast radio and TV, cable and satellite TV, will participate in the transmission of a live audio message indicating this is a test.
According to Comcast, "in some rare cases to fully restore programming, customers may need to power down the convertor to restore programming. If the test lasts for more than five minutes, then customers should unplug the convertor box, wait thirty seconds and plug back in."
Submitted by the City of St. Paul