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Nationwide Emergency Alert Test

Published November 1, 2011

On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at 2:00 pm, anyone watching television or listening to the radio will see or hear a *test* emergency message from Washington, DC. But don't worry, **it's only a test**.

Maine radio and television stations and cable TV systems, along with satellite TV companies, will participate in the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, November 9. The test, originating from Washington, D.C., will begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time and will last for about three and a half minutes.
During the test, the public will hear a message indicating that "This is a test." The audio message will be the same for radio, television, and cable TV. However, television viewers will see a "text crawl" at the top of their TV screens that says, "The Primary Entry Point has issued an Emergency Action Notification for Washington, D.C., until 2:15 p.m." TV viewers may or may not see other on-screen text indicating that the alert is a test. Viewers should rest assured, however, that **this is only a test**