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First nationwide test of Emergency Alert System is Wednesday

University to test outdoor notification and emergency text message systems

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 2 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Ohio University will participate by testing its outdoor notification system and emergency text message system at the same time. At 2 p.m., the outdoor speakers on campus will broadcast a test message and University community members will receive a emergency text message on their cell phones. 

The EAS test plays a key role in ensuring the nation is prepared for any type of hazard, and that the U.S. public can receive critical and vital information should it ever be needed.

Over the past year, agencies have been working with the broadcast community; cable operators and programmers; communications service providers that participate in the Emergency Alert System; state, local, tribal, and territorial partners; and other critical stakeholders to help inform all members of the public regarding the nationwide Emergency Alert System test.

Here are specific items everyone know about the test:

•    It will be transmitted via television and radio stations within the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

•    Similar to local emergency alert system tests, an audio message will interrupt television and radio programming indicating: "This is a test."

•    When the test is over, regular programming will resume
Everyone is asked to help spread the word about this test to neighbors, co-workers, friends and family. This can be done by sharing this message, posting a message on your social media site, and embedding videos on your website or blog.

For additional questions, visit the FAQ's page and the FCC EAS Test page.