November 9th National Emergency Alert System test shortened
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the direction of Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, announced today that the duration of the audio for the first ever nationwide EAS test scheduled for November 9th at 2 p.m. Eastern has been shortened from two and half minutes to thirty seconds. Stations should now be able to complete the entire required test in a minute or less.
The test will include all radio, television, satellite (radio and TV) and cable systems in the U.S.A.
Even with plenty of advance notice and a clear message that the event it is merely a test, there is concern that some listeners/viewers may still be confused and overwhelm things like the 911 system. A shorter test may mitigate unnecessary negative reactions.
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