Wednesday , 20 June 2018

National Emergency Test Scheduled for Nov. 9

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At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, radio listeners and TV watchers will experience a 30-second interruption as part of a national test implemented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The test will mostly affect those lucky enough to be watching a soap opera midday on Wednesday. Or jamming to the radio.

TV watchers will likely see a rainbow screen or hear beeps for about 30 seconds. Anyone not watching TV or listening to the radio won’t be affected, said Josh Roberts, emergency management specialist for the city of Dallas’ office of emergency management.

The test is used to check that the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is working properly. When utilized for an actual emergency, the system will allow local, state, and federal officials — including the president — to address anyone in the nation that’s tuned in to a radio or television.

North Texans will hear or see a message that says “this is a test,” and Dallas officials are asking people not to call 911. “We want them to realize that it’s just a test,” Roberts said. “Any non-emergency call could take the place of a real emergency call.”

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