Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 2:00pm - 2:01pm

WXXI participates in this nationwide test across all its broadcast services.

On Wednesday, November 9 at 2 p.m. the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place.  WXXI's TV stations (WXXI-TV/HD, World, Create and City 12) and its radio stations (AM 1370, WRUR-FM 88.5, WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY-FM 90.3, WITH-FM 90.1, WEOS-FM 89.7) along with all other television stations, cable systems and radio stations nationwide, will be performing the test, which is expected to last approximately forty five (45) to sixty (60) seconds.

Here's the FCC's message about the nationwide test:

At the Federal Communications Commission's June 9, 2011 Agenda meeting, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Chief Jamie Barnett, joined by representatives from FEMA and the National Weather Service, announced that the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) would take place at 2:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on November 9, 2011. The purpose of the test is to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS as a public alert mechanism. EAS Participants currently participate in state-level monthly tests and local-level weekly tests, but no top-down review of the entire system has ever been undertaken. The Commission, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will use the results of this nationwide test to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS as a public alert mechanism, and will work together with EAS stakeholders to make improvements to the system as appropriate.