The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place at 2:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) today, November 9th.

APCO is cautioning its members that “PSAPs could experience an onslaught of calls when the [test] is conducted on Wednesday. During the national EAS test, no matter where citizens tune their radio or television (broadcast, cable or satellite), they will hear the same EAS tones and message. Public overreaction is a distinct possibility.” They recommend that PSAP managers prepare call-takers for the possible influx by giving them a prepared response statement.

More information:
http://butlersheriff.org/radio/2011/10/nationwide-eas-test/