Monday, November 18, 2019

First Nationwide Emergency Alert Test

In just a few weeks, on Wednesday, November 9th at 1:00 p.m. (Central time), the City of Southlake will participate in the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.  The EAS test will take place simultaneously across the country. The purpose of the test is to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the system in the event of a national emergency.

The EAS system is used by state and local authorities to deliver important information to the public such as Amber alerts and severe weather information, but this first ever nationwide test will help to establish uniform procedures and protocols for the Emergency Alert System on a national level.

Broadcasters, along with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), have been working hard to ensure the November 9th test is successful AND that the public is informed and fully aware in advance that it is ONLY A TEST. 

Citizens near a television set or radio at 1:00 p.m. on November 9th will hear the usual three beeps or tones followed by a message stating, “This is only a test of the Emergency Alert System.”  It will last approximately 3 minutes.

Please mark your calendar for the Wednesday, November 9th EAS test at 1:00 p.m. (Central time) as a reminder.  You can also do your part by helping to spread the word to friends, family and co-workers about the upcoming national test of the Emergency Alert System.

If you have any questions or need more information, you can contact our Office of Emergency Management at 817-748-8624.