Testing a New National Emergency Alert System
Posted on Nov 8, 2011
Emergency Preparedness is an ongoing focus at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Please be aware of the following nation-wide test:
As part of efforts to strengthen our nation’s preparedness and resiliency, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct the first nation-wide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, November 9, at 11 a.m., Pacific Time.
This national test will help federal partners and EAS participants determine the reliability of the system, as well as its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential disasters both nationally and regionally. The test will also provide the FCC and FEMA a chance to identify improvements that are needed to build a new, modernized and fully accessible Emergency Alert System.
A reminder to you and your family: Review your own response to an emergency. Does your family have a disaster plan? Do you have supplies? Do you know where to meet if you are not together? More information is available at the Centers for Disease Control.