November 09, 2011 Nation Wide Test of Emergency Alert System
(United States) On Wednesday November 09, 2011 there will be a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (Emergency Broadcast System as it used to be known as). It will occur at 1900 GMT, that's 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Make sure to share this with friends, family and colleagues so they won't be unduly alarmed when it occurs.
"The test is part of the Emergency Alert System designed to transmit, via TV and radio, emergency alerts and warnings regarding weather threats, child abductions and other types of emergencies, according to officials."
Some emergency operators and safety officials have expressed concern that uninformed people may confuse the test and flood 911 call centers with calls or have other unintended consequences of their panic. Local and statewide tests occur on a regular basis but this is the first time ever that the system has been tested nationwide.