On Wednesday, November 9, around 2pm Eastern, the U.S. Government will be conducting its first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). While most of us are used to regular state and local tests of EAS on radio and television stations, this is the first time that the entire nation will be activated simultaneously as a "Presidential Emergency Action Notification."
Due to the limitations with the technology associated with the Emergency Alert System (EAS), some messages which appear on television or radio may not necessarily indicate that "This is a test." As such, there is some concern that some people who are unaware of the impending test will react adversely.
It is very important that everyone be aware that the test will occur and that despite what the message may say, it is in fact ONLY A TEST. There is no need for anyone to react to the test message.
For more information, visit: http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm