The Federal Communications Commission's June 9, 2011 Agenda meeting, was attended by Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Chief Jamie Barnett, who was joined by representatives from FEMA and the National Weather Service, and announced that the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) would take place at 2:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on November 9, 2011.

The purpose of the test is to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS as a public alert mechanism. EAS Participants including radio and TV stations, currently participate in state-level monthly tests and local-level weekly tests, but no top-down review of the entire system has ever been undertaken.

The FCC, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will use the results of this nationwide test to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS as a public alert mechanism, and will work together with EAS stakeholders to make improvements to the system as appropriate.

Again the test will take place Wednesday November 9th at 2 p.m. on 96.1 JOY FM and all radio and television stations in the United States and it's territories. The test will last approximately 3 minutes.