Emergency Alert System nationwide test scheduled Nov. 9Emergency Alert System nationwide test scheduled Nov. 9
On Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Communications Commission, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. This test will occur all across the United States as part of ongoing efforts to keep the nation safe during emergencies and strengthen our country’s resilience against all hazards.
The City of Tulsa and Tulsa County would like to ensure that residents of Tulsa and surrounding areas are aware that this event will be just a test, and not a real emergency alert. The test will last up to three and a half minutes. During this period, regularly scheduled television, radio, cable and satellite programming will be interrupted as the system is being tested.
The national Emergency Alert System is an alert and warning system that can be activated by the President, if needed, to provide information to the American public during emergencies. The test is an important exercise in ensuring that the system is effective in communicating critical information to the public in the event of a real national emergency. The nationwide test will involve television and radio stations across the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, and the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.
A national test will help federal partners and Emergency Alert System participants determine the reliability of the system, as well as its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers both nationally and regionally. The test also will provide the FCC and FEMA a chance to identify improvements that need to be made to build a modernized and fully accessible Emergency Alert System.
Regular tests of emergency systems already occur in the Tulsa area, usually on Wednesdays. The National Weather Service tests its system by activating NOAA weather radios usually at 11:15 a.m. Then the Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency tests its emergency sirens at noon, unless weather conditions would indicate an actual possibility of severe weather.