1st Nationwide Test of Emergency Alert System
CORRECTION: the test last 30 seconds, not 3 minutes and 30 seconds as previously indicated
Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management announced that on November 9 at 1:00 p.m. CDT, the federal government will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. The test will last up to 30 seconds. During this period all television, radio, cable and satellite shows will be interrupted as the system is being tested.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as part of their ongoing efforts to keep the nation safe during emergencies and strengthen our resilience against all hazards.
Homeland Security encourages the public to use this event as a reminder to establish an emergency preparedness kit & plan for themselves, their families, businesses and communities.