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The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the State of Alaska, and the Alaska Broadcasters’ Association will conduct a statewide exercise of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) in Alaska on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at 10 a.m. local time (2 p.m. ET).
Radio and television broadcast stations and cable television systems across the State of Alaska will participate in the exercise aimed at testing the capabilities of the EAS system. With the help of the Alaska Broadcasters Association, public service announcements informing the public about the test were distributed to television and radio stations on Dec. 21, 2009.
“Periodically exercising our communications capabilities is an important step to ensure that we, as a country, are prepared for an emergency,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “This is only a test, but it also serves as an important reminder that just as our federal, tribal, state and local teams are taking steps to be prepared, so should families across our country. Families can log onto Ready.gov to learn the few simple steps they can take to be prepared for an emergency.”
Originally posted by Alaskan Man
They've been advertising this for a couple weeks now, there calling it a "Stop and chill drill" so people don't think its real, because apparently the TV will show that something horrible enough to cause an instant national emergency has happened, while the audio says this is just a test.
i am sure it will freak a few people out.
side note: i thought it was being done everywhere in the country, is it just Alaska?