Delaware To Participate in Emergency Notification System Test
Date Posted: Monday, February 22nd, 2016
(Smyrna) – Delaware will be among 22 states, 2 territories, and the District of Columbia to participate in a test of the Emergency Notification Systems on Wednesday, February 24 at 2:20 PM. Radio and television broadcasters along with cable operators will voluntarily participate in the test, which is scheduled to last for one minute.
The test will verify the delivery and broadcast, and assess the readiness for distribution of a national-level test message. The message of the test will be similar to the regular monthly test message of EAS, normally heard and seen by the public: “This is a national test of the Emergency Alert System. This is only a test.”
The test is to help public safety officials be sure that methods and systems that would be used to deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public when needed during emergencies are operating as expected. Through periodic testing, the operational readiness of the infrastructure used to deliver a national message can be assessed, and necessary improvements in technologies that may be needed can be identified.