Nationwide EAS Test

Sam  |  Posted Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 at 02:22:24 PM

On Wednesday, November 9 at 2 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the nation's first ever Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. The purpose of this test is to help determine if the national-level system will work as designed, should officials ever need to send a national alert.

This test will last approximately three minutes and will be seen on all local, cable, and satellite TV stations across the country, as well as radio.

Here's What You Should Know

  • Cable programming will be temporarily interrupted - as is the case with all EAS announcements (duh).
  • According to Comcast (see link below), there "may" be an impact to set-top boxes/DVR's as a result of the test, requiring perhaps a unplug/restart type of action.
  • If you have to restart the box, there may be an additional impact to video on demand and/or the Guide functionality.

Here are a few reference links regarding this event - just passing them along.

Comcast - EAS Nationwide Test
Brighthouse Networks - EAS
FCC - EAS Nationwide Test
FEMA - Nationwide EAS Test

I looked for U-Verse info - none to be found.

Just a friendly PSA from your friends at Pug Hollow.
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