[vendtalk] Be Aware - National Test of the New Emergency Alert System on Novemebr 9 at 2 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Wed Nov 9 01:30:48 UTC 2011

All People With Disabilities - PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING!

On Wednesday, November 9th at 2:00pm EST, the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in
conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.  The
test will last approximately 30 seconds and will be transmitted via
television and radio stations across the U.S. 

If you are blind or have low vision, your local station may or may not
communicate information that is accessible to you during the test.  The
radio and TV announcer will ay, "This is a Test," but all following
information may only be displayed on the TV as a text crawler but without
any audio.  Please be aware that the National Emergency Alert System uses
whatever the local broadcaster currently has in place and it may or may not
be accessible for you.  Please be aware that it is only a test and it is

Specific items FEMA wants you to know about this test:
• It will be conducted Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 PM EST. 
• It will be transmitted via television and radio stations within the U.S.,
including Alaska, Hawaii, the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin
Islands, and American Samoa. 
• Similar to local emergency alert system tests, an audio message will
interrupt television and radio programming indicating: "This is a test." 
• When the test is over, regular programming will resume

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. EST
More Info & FAQs can be found at FEMA's Website http://www.fema.gov/eastest/

For the Hearing Impaired -
Emergency Alert System Test - ASL Video Announcement
En español:

The DBTAC Southwest ADA Center is a program of ILRU (Independent Living
Research Utilization), at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas.  For ADA
Technical Assistance please call 1-800-949-4232 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX) v/tty
or visit us on the web at http://www.southwestada.org. 
The contents of this communication were developed under a grant from the
Department of Education, NIDRR grant number H133A110027. However, those
contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of
Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
The Southwest ADA (SWADA) Center is a program of the ILRU (Independent
Living Research Utilization) at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas.

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