A nationwide emergency alert system test will occur on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 2:00pm Eastern Time (1:00pm Central Standard Time) and will last for about three and a half minutes. The public will hear a message indicating “This is a test”. The audio message will be the same for radio, television and cable.
The National-level Emergency Alert System is a public alert and warning system that enables the President of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies.
Please click on the following links for the press release, fact sheet and frequently asked questions sheet about this endeavor.