With the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) Emergency Alert System (EAS) Nationwide Test approaching, awareness of the test is growing across the nation.
The test, which will be the first time the EAS is tested nationwide, will take place at 2 p.m. EST on November 9, 2011. Officials expect it to assess how reliable and effective the system is at alerting the public of a national emergency.
Currently, EAS participants only conduct monthly statewide tests and weekly local tests, but no review of how well the system could work on a national level has been conducted. The results of the upcoming test will allow the FCC and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to make necessary changes to the system.
Several media outlets across the country have heightened their efforts to inform the public that the test will take place next month. On October 24, for instance, The Hillsboro Reporter in Texas detailed the alert and relayed the information offered by the FCC in order to keep local residents informed about the situation.