Thursday, November 3, 2011

EAS Test Shortened in Length

You know how things "change" in the emergency world?  The coming test of the Emergency Alert System now has a big change to announce. 

Rather than providing 3-minute emergency alert tones, the Department of Homeland Security has now announced that the EAS TEST, scheduled for Wednesday, November 9th, at 11:00 a.m. will now only last from 30 to 60 seconds in length. 

What follows is an article that has been shared with CRESA about this change:

FEMA Confirms, National EAS Test Audio Is Shortened to :30 on 11.03.2011

The nationwide EAS test on Nov. 9 has been shortened, a FEMA official confirmed.
According to an email distributed by the National Association of Broadcasters to a number of industry leaders today and forwarded to Radio World, NAB was informed by FEMA that the audio of the test at 2 p.m. (Eastern Time) will now last 30 seconds, instead of the originally planned two and a half minutes. IPAWS Program Manager Manny Centeno confirmed the decision to Radio World.

“This will result in a total test time of approximately 45 to 60 seconds (including the data burst tones),” according to the email by NAB’s Larry Walke.

“This change was made at the direction of Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. NAB will be providing more information as we learn more and will be adjusting the messaging about the Nationwide EAS Test accordingly.
 “We are working on revising a new public service announcement to reflect this change that we expect will be available tomorrow.”

Should there be any additional changes, CRESA will strive to share these with our community as we are notified.  Remember, a resilient community is one that flexibly adapts to a dynamic environment. 

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