On Wednesday, November 9th at 11:00 AM PST, FEMA, the FCC, and NOAA will conduct the first nationwide test of the national Emergency Alert System (EAS). The EAS is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters to make their communications facilities available to the President during a national emergency. The test will affect all television and radio broadcasts. Listeners or viewers may become alarmed that all channels will be carrying this message.
Unlike typical tests that have been conducted before, this message may run up to three and a half minutes. Additionally, residents across the country will experience the test at the same time. Although local and state components of the EAS are tested fairly regularly, there has never been an end-to-end nationwide test of the system.
This is being posted as a notification in advance of the EAS test. The regular school day schedule at Stanbridge should not be affected by this event.
AP story here. For further information regarding the Emergency Alert System, visit the FCC website.