National Emergency is Just a Test

FEMA, DHS and FCC will conduct a first-of-its-kind test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System on all TV and radio stations on Wednesday.

If you're watching TV or tuning into the radio at 1 p.m. Wednesday, don't be alarmed if you see a message about a nationwide emergency.

FEMA, DHS and FCC will conduct a first-of-its-kind test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System to broadcast a message to the American public, according to a press release from FEMA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; the test will run concurrently across all time zones.

More from the press release:

In the history of the country, nothing like it has been conducted on such a level. ... There have been tests in the past, but not of this magnitude encompassing all regions of the Nation simultaneously. The three-minute test will run concurrently on all radio and TV band stations exceeding the previous messages broadcast, which were anywhere from a 30 second to 1 minute message.

FEMA's website and Emergency Alert System website will provide more information regarding this test.

Bob McBride November 10, 2011 at 05:28 PM
The Borg, the Borg...it's always the bloody Borg. Can't we have some new assimilators now and then?
CowDung November 10, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Apparently, all of the other assimilators have been assimilated by the Borg...
Ray Ray Johnson November 10, 2011 at 05:43 PM
Bob, "Funny. Your humor will be assimilated for the good of the collective." -The Borg-
Bob McBride November 10, 2011 at 05:52 PM
The collective? Oh, so now we've gone from the Borg to the Democrats. Listen, just get me my chip and dip and I'll sort it out on my own, thank you.
Ray Ray Johnson November 12, 2011 at 12:33 AM
Since the Nigel Tufnel unit was assimilated, the Borg now goes up to 11.


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