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Relax - It is only a test

November 9, 2011

RALEIGH — This is only a test.

Television and radio stations across North Carolina are scheduled to participate Wednesday in the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. The national test will take place at 2 p.m. and may last up to 3½ minutes.

Scheduled television, radio, cable and satellite shows will be interrupted as the system is being tested.

The EAS is a national alert and warning system established to enable the President of the United States to address the American public during emergencies. The National Weather Service, governors, state and local emergency authorities also may use the system to issue local alerts.

The test helps federal partners and EAS participants determine the reliability of the system and its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers.

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