National Association of the Deaf

November 9th Emergency Alert System Test

On November 9, at 2:00 pm EST, all televisions in the United States will show an Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. Two federal government agencies, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are testing this system for the first time nationwide to find out how well it works.

It is only a test. There is no emergency. The FCC and FEMA are asking many organizations including the NAD to let everyone know that this is only a test. Please tell all your family and friends about this test warning and that there is no reason to worry.

The NAD met with the FCC and FEMA to advocate for a fully accessible EAS test including for deaf and hard of hearing people. However, while the EAS test will visibly show an Emergency Alert, technical challenges may prevent a visible warning which explains that it is only a test. 

While the NAD expressed its dissatisfaction to the FCC and FEMA regarding the inaccessibility of the test, the test involves old technology that poses technical challenges. According to the FCC and FEMA, the test will provide them with the information they need to improve the Emergency Alert System so that it is fully acce