Claim: The government will temporarily interrupt all television, radio, communications, and power in the U.S. on 9 November 2011.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, October 2011]
DID YOU KNOW FEDS WILL GOVERNMENT TEMPORARILY CUT OFF ALL TV AND RADIO BROADCASTS ON
I wanted to know if this is true cause people are talking about on Facebook....
Heard on Glenn Beck's radio show that on
I just received and email stating that power in this nation is to be cut off on
Heard that government was shutting down all methods of communication (computers, t.v.'s, etc.) for
Origins: At 2:00 PM EST on 9 November 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). EAS participants include broadcasters, satellite and digital radio and television, cable television and wireline video providers, whose programming will be temporarily interrupted for about three minutes in order to "provide a critical public service to the nation as the resilient backbone of alert and warning when all other means of communication are unavailable." As described by the FCC:
The EAS is often used by state and local emergency managers to alert the public about emergencies and weather events. The system provides the ability to send messages regionally or nationally, though it has never been tested at these levels. A major disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami could require the use of the system to send life-saving information to the public.
According to FEMA, what people will see and hear during the Nationwide EAS Test is as follows:
however, due to limitations in the EAS, the video test message scroll may not be the same or indicate that "This is a test." This is due to the use of the live EAN The test will last for approximately three minutes; however this may vary across the country. While State and local EAS messages are limited to
During the test, listeners will hear a message indicating that "This is a test." Although the EAS Test may resemble the periodic, monthly EAS tests that most Americans are already familiar with, there will be some differences in what viewers will see and hear. The audio message will be the same for all EAS Participants;
however, due to limitations in the EAS, the video test message scroll may not be the same or indicate that "This is a test." This is due to the use of the live EAN
The test will last for approximately three minutes; however this may vary across the country. While State and local EAS messages are limited to
Contrary to some of the rumors which have sprung out of news of the Nationwide EAS Test (as noted in the examples above), the test will not involve the cutting off of power or general communications throughout the U.S.; just a temporary interruption of television and radio programming.
Last updated: 24 October 2011