- Wednesday November 9th, 2011 :: 07:58 a.m. CST
McHenry City Police Department and IEMA Reminds Public of National Test of Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, November 9th
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is reminding Illinois citizens that radio and TV stations throughout the state will be participating in a first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System at 1:00 P.M. CST for approximately 30 seconds on Wednesday, November 9.
The test will be similar to those we hear regularly on TV and radio, the main difference is that on Wednesday, all TV and radio stations will be conducting the test at the same time.
The test is being coordinated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a national public alert and warning system that enables the President of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies. Alerting authorities can leverage the state and local EAS to send alerts and warning to radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wireline providers.
City of McHenry Police Department
333 S Green St
McHenry, IL 60050