Prepare for national Emergency Alert System test

November 8, 2011

By Staff

City leaders reminded Issaquah residents to prepare for a national Emergency Alert System test.

The test, scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 9, is a chance for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to try out the Emergency Alert System, a national alert and warning system for the president to address the American public during emergencies.

The test is meant to help federal agencies and local participants, such as Issaquah and King County, determine the reliability of the system and how well such messages notify the public during disasters, such as earthquakes.

During the test, a message indicating, “This is a test” is broadcast on radio and television. The test could last up to three and a half minutes, and could include a typed message on the TV screen.

The practice run includes local radio and television stations, cable television, and satellite radio and television services.

Officials said the test is similar to Emergency Alert System tests conducted in the area on a regular basis.

Issaquah emergency planners used the test to remind people to establish emergency preparedness plans and kits. Learn more at King County’s 3 Days 3 Ways program website, www.3days3ways.org, and the federal preparedness website, www.ready.gov.

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