First Nationwide Emergency Alert System Planned For Wednesday

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is preparing the country for the first nationwide test of the country's emergency alert system on Wednesday.

The test will occur at 2 p.m. EST Wednesday and will last about 30 seconds, presidential spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

The alert system can be activated by the president to inform the public in times of emergency. It has already been tested and used on the local level.

Carney said everyone should remember about Wednesday's action by the administration: "It's just a test."


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  • by Trish Location: Belhaven on Nov 9, 2011 at 07:25 AM
    So how will we know the test is taking place other than knowing it will occur at 2pm. Will it be on tv or what?
  • by Chuck WireWiggler Location: ChazWorld, Hyde Branch on Nov 8, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    Oh just read about the FEMA camps, That'll keep ya entertained for a while........
  • by John Location: Richlands on Nov 8, 2011 at 05:44 PM
    I understand it is only a test however what are they not telling us? There has to be a reason for this isn't there? I was trained for a war in the desert and we no more completed the training and we went to war in one. So there must be something taken place they know about and the rest not. Is there a more passive story we can hear?
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