6:41 PM EDT, October 28, 2011
The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m., the Washington County Office of Emergency Management said Friday.
The test will be heard on the radio and seen on local, cable and satellite television, a news release said. It may last up to 3 1/2 minutes.
The test is being conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The Emergency Alert System is a national program that enables the president of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies. Similar to local EAS tests that are conducted frequently, the nationwide test will involve broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services, and wireline providers across all states and territories.
"This event serves as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities, and businesses," the release said.
More information about how to prepare for and respond to emergencies is available at http://www.washco-md.net/EmergencyServices/eman_home.shtm and www.ready.gov.
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