On November 9that approximately 2:00 PM Eastern, the State of North Carolina will participate in a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. It will be heard on the radio and seen on local, cable, and satellite TV. This test will last for approximately three minutes and return listeners and viewers back to regularly scheduled programming. The National EAS is a public alert and warning system that enables the President of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies. As the Federal, State, tribal, territorial and local governments prepare for and test their capabilities, this event serves as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities, and businesses.
Visit http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm for more information.