At 2:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) conducted the first-ever nationwide test of the new Emergency Alert System (EAS).
Similar to the well-known local emergency alert system tests broadcasted on local television and radio, the National EAS test involved all broadcast television and radio stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services, and all wireline video services in all US states and territories.
“The upcoming national test is critical to ensuring that the EAS works as designed. The EAS test plays a key role in ensuring the nation is prepared for any type of hazard, and that the U.S. public can receive critical and vital information should it ever be needed." - Jaime Barnett, FCC.
As government prepares for and tests the system capabilities, it’s a great time for camps and other youth-serving organizations to examine and update their own crisis/disaster management plans. Below are some excellent resources to help you in your review.
- FEMA/FCC Emergency Alert System Test on 11/9/11 — More information 
- Ready.gov — Emergency Planning Resources — More information 
- US Department of Homeland Security — FEMA BLOG 
- American Camp Association Resources