Wednesday, November 9, 2011

EAS System Tested

The nation's Emergency Alert System will be activated for the first time this afternoon to determine if it works as designed.

The test will occur at 1 p.m. this afternoon, if everything goes as planned. Minnesota radio and TV stations will participate including KLKS.

The President of the MN Broadcasters Association, Jim du Bois says it will be a little different than the tests aired on a weekly basis, and should cause little concern.  The free over-the-air broadcast stations will make it clear it is only a test.  The worry is that some cable companies may not have the capacity to alert viewers that it is only a test.

The 1 p.m. test will last 30 seconds.

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