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First nationwide emergency alert takes place Nov. 9

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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 5:35 pm, Fri Oct 21, 2011.

A nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System is scheduled to take place noon Nov. 9. The test will be broadcast over radio and television stations statewide and last approximately three minutes.

The EAS has never before been tested simultaneously nationwide.

“We’re testing the EAS on Nov. 9 to ensure the system works as expected,” said Arizona Division of Emergency Management Director Lou Trammell. “The test is just that — a test. There will be no need for alarm, but we want people to know about the November test because it may last longer than the monthly tests.”

The EAS is used by local, state, federal and tribal governments to communicate potentially life-saving information during an emergency. In the aftermath of a national catastrophic event, authorities will transmit crucial information to the public through as many methods as possible. The national EAS program provides the nation with a communications network, available even under the most dire conditions.

The nationwide EAS test is being jointly conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Communications Commission and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s NWS.

Visit the Arizona Emergency Information Network website at www.azein.gov for real-time emergency updates, preparedness and hazard information, and multi-media resources.

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