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Emergency Alert System Tested Nationwide

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
All of the broadcasters in the United States have never been linked to one emergency broadcast before.  The test will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to check how effective a nationwide alert would be.  Stephen Cantelme is with the Sacramento Office of Emergency Services.  He says the feds are already hoping to use social media to help get such a message out.

CANTELME:"It's probably something that's just right around the corner.  I know in Alaska where they did this in 2010 to test this on a statewide basis, they learned a lot of things from that."

The message will last for three minutes and will differ somewhat from the tests we're used to.  The audio test will repeat, "this is a test" but on television, the message scrolling on screen may not always indicate that it's a test.
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