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                                                      GENESEE COUNTY
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                                            Phone: (585)344-0078 *pager: (585) 343-3311 Fax: (585) 344-8535
                                  Phone: (585) 344-0078 Emergency 24-hour




                                                    MEMORANDUM
DATE:                          November 8, 2011

FROM:                          Timothy Yaeger, Coordinator, Genesee County Office of Emergency Management Services

SUBJECT:                       Emergency Alert Test


ATTENTION

THERE WILL BE A TV EMERGENCY MESSAGE TEST ON NOVEMBER 9, 2011 AT

2:00 P.M. EST AND IT WILL BE ONLY A TEST!

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE ANY ACTION!

ONLY A TEST. On November 9, 2011, at 2 PM Eastern Standard Time, the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct the first-ever nationwide test of the
Emergency Alert System (EAS). At that time, an announcement will come on every TV and radio channel indicating
that EAS has been activated; the announcement will last about 30 seconds. Although the activation will include an
audio message indicating that this is a test, due to technical limitations, a visual message indicating that “this is a test”
may not appear on every television channel, especially for cable subscribers. For these reasons, the FCC and FEMA are
taking extra steps to educate the public, especially people who are deaf and hard of hearing, that “This is only a test.”
Please do not be alarmed when you see that message. You will not need to take any action.

WHAT IS THE EAS? EAS alerts are sent over the radio or television (broadcast, cable and satellite). State and local
emergency managers use these alerts to notify the public about emergencies and weather events, such as tornadoes and
hurricanes. The EAS can also be used to send an alert across the United States if there is a national emergency. It is
common for state and local EAS tests to occur on a monthly and weekly basis, respectively. They typically include an
audio EAS tone and a visual message indicating: “This is a test of the Emergency Alerting System.” This is the first
time that there will be a test of the nationwide EAS alert on all radio and television systems at the same time.

WHY A TEST? The purpose of the test is to assess how well the EAS can alert the public during certain national
emergencies. Although the FCC and FEMA are taking steps to ensure that everyone has access to announcements made
during the test, some people watching cable television (as well as some others) may receive only an audio (not a visual)
notice that this is a test. The FCC and FEMA want to make consumers aware of the test so that they understand that this
is only a test and that there is no real emergency. The November 9th test will help ensure that the EAS will work if
public safety officials ever need to send an alert or warning in a real emergency to the entire country or to a large region
of the United States.

So remember, the EAS Test on November 9th is ONLY A TEST, NOT A REAL EMERGENCY.
For more information about how this EAS test may affect you, please visit: www.fcc.gov/nationwideeastest.

								
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