Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System

Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test Scheduled

Phoenix, AZ – On November 9, 2011 FEMA along with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will be conducting a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. This system is most commonly known for its weekly or monthly “test of the emergency broadcasting system.” There has, however, never been a nationwide test of this communication system. That will change on November 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM EST.

The test will reach all fifty states, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and American Samoa. The test will be conducted across all radio and tv broadcasts. The test will allow FEMA, the FCC and NOAA to determine a baseline of the emergency alert system that will enable better communication during times of disaster and potential areas for improved communications.

In the instance of a national emergency, such as large regional earthquakes, tsunamis, etc., this system will be used to communicate important next steps to best respond to the situation.

As Christians, the most important response to any given situation or crisis is to be ready. Ready to respond and ready to share the hope of Christ within us. You can get more information about what it means to be a ReadyChristian and how to begin the process by visiting our website.


About the drill

Here are some important things to know about the drill:

  • The nationwide test will begin at 2:00 PM (1:00 Central, 12:00 Mountain and 11:00 Pacific) and will last up to 3 minutes
  • Some local areas will also use the drill to test sirens and other communication avenues depending on the scenario. For instance, Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant will test their warning sirens in a 10 mile radius of the plant.
  • Because this is a national drill and varying communication codes are being used, the alert may not be identified as a drill.
  • Visit the FEMA blog for more information


In case of actual event

Here are some things to do to prepare in case of an actual event:

  • Take the FREE ReadyChristian training that will walk you through how to be prepared
  • Put together a "grab and go" kit
  • Discuss emergency plans with each member of your family
  • Set up meeting places outside of your home in case you are at work/school when an incident occurs
  • Research potential threats in your area and find out what to do
  • Sign up for local notification systems through your local emergency management department