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Nationwide Diagnostic Test of the Emergency Alert System set for November 9

The Federal Communications Commission will be holding a first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) November 9, 2011, at 2 p.m. EST. CityTV, Channel 25 on Advanced Cable Communications and Channel 99 on U-Verse, will be participating in this test. The test will be a 30 second interruption of regular television programming and should be seen on all channels. The City of Coral Springs asks that residents not be alarmed as the video portion of the EAS message may not clearly indicate that the alert is only a test. The test will also run on all ratio stations, including CityRadio 1670 AM.

The purpose of the test is to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS as a mechanism to alert the public of emergencies.  Although EAS participants currently participate in state-level monthly tests and local-level weekly tests, there has never been a nationwide test of the system.  The Commission, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will use the results of this test to assess what works within the EAS and what does not and working together with EAS stakeholders will make improvements to the system as appropriate.

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