The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, or EAS, will take place at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on November 9, 2011. The purpose of the test is to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the system in alerting the public.

This test may look or sound different to the monthly tests which are normally heard on television and radio stations.

Please take the time to visit the FCC website at for more information about this test.