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King County Emergency Management
3511 NE Second St.
Renton, WA 98056
Main Phone: 206-296-3830
Toll Free: 800-523-5044
Fax: 206-205-4056

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Test of the National Emergency Alert System (EAS) - November 9, 2011

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants everyone to know about the upcoming Emergency Alert System (EAS) test and how it may impact them. The test is scheduled to take place on November 9, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.

What will I see and hear?

The public will hear a message indicating that "This is a test." The audio message will be the same for both radio and television.  It may last up to three and a half minutes and may not include a typed message on your TV screen reminding you that this is only a test. So, don't be alarmed. This will only be a test.

New information as of Nov. 3:
The National EAS test has been shortened to last only 30 seconds.


What is the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and why is the November 9 test important?

The EAS is a national alert and warning system established to enable the President of the United States to address the American public during emergencies. Similar to local EAS tests that are already conducted frequently, the nationwide test on November 9 will involve broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wireline video service providers across all states and the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.

A national test will help the federal partners and EAS participants determine the reliability of the system and its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers nationally and regionally.

What can I do to get prepared for emergencies?

This event serves as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities, and businesses. Anyone can visit or for more information about how to prepare for and stay informed about what to do in the event of an actual emergency.

Information video on the National EAS test


New information as of Nov. 3: The National EAS test has been shortened to last only 30 seconds.

Spanish (Español)

Nueva información empezando el 3 de noviembre: La prueba del Sistema de alerta de emergencias
(EAS, por sus siglas en inglés) ha sido reducido a solo 30 segundos.