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Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test
11/4/2011 11:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test


Date & Time:

11/9/11 @ 11:00 AM PST

Unit Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services



On November 9th, the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will provide federal, state and local officials the opportunity to ensure vital life-safety information can be communicated from the nation's capital to the public via broadcasters and cable operators.



Quick Facts about this Nationwide Test


         Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 11:00 am (PST)

         Residents will hear the familiar EAS tone and a voice say 'this is a test' over the radio

         Residents may also see a message on the television

         The test will last less than 4 minutes

         No action is needed or required on the part of the public



Officials say the nationwide test, as well as the common weekly and monthly EAS tests should reassure the public that local, state and federal officials are doing what they can to ensure emergency information and instructions are available.


While the public does not need to take any action during the test, residents should take this opportunity to review and update their emergency plans and replenish their emergency supplies.  They may also wish to use the test as a chance to test their own emergency plans.


The nationwide EAS test is being coordinated by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service (NWS). 






Federal officials will initiate the three and half-minute test from Washington, DC and it will activate EAS systems across the nation.  A 'live' EAS alert will be transmitted to broadcast, cable, and satellite radio and television stations.  The test will look very much like the standard monthly local EAS tests that most people are familiar with.  Audio messages will repeat 'This is a test' but video text at the bottom of the television screens may vary in each county based on the equipment of the television stations.   Once the test is completed, regular programming will resume and broadcasters, cable, and satellite providers will provide the FCC with details of their participation.


Although FEMA has not previously conducted a nationwide test of the EAS, it has twice conducted tests of the national EAS code in Alaska.


For more information regarding the National EAS Test, please visit


For more information of how to prepare, please visit the Ready Ventura County website at  This website will display current information in the event an emergency, educate residents on the hazards in our area, and provide a resource on how to prepare, respond and recover from a disaster.



Staff Preparing Media Release:

Cynthia Elliott, OES Program Administrator 805-654-3655

Media Release Date:

November 3, 2011

Follow-Up Contact:

Dale Carnathan, OES Program Administrator 805-654-5152

Approved by:

Laura D. Hernandez, OES Assistant Director 805-654-2552