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WAMU 88.5 to participate in Nov. 9 nationwide test of Emergency Alert System

WAMU 88.5 will participate in a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 2 p.m., ET, Wednesday, Nov. 9. The test will be broadcast on all WAMU channels, including WAMU 88.5, WAMU's Bluegrass Country, Intersection 88.5-3, and 88.3 Ocean City. The test, which will include the customary warning tones and may also indicate that the alert is only a test, is expected to last 30 seconds.

The Nov. 9 test will also be carried by other radio stations in the region and local, cable and satellite television. The test is the first nationwide test of the system; although it has been used by state and local governments to issue weather and other emergency alerts, there has never been a national activation of the system.

The purpose of the Nov. 9 test is to assess the readiness and effectiveness of the current system and identify incremental improvements to better serve communities in the preservation of life and property. The test is being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For more information, visit the FEMA website: http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm.

American University’s radio station since 1961, WAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station for NPR news and information in the greater Washington, D.C., area. With more than 740,000 listeners in the Washington-Baltimore region, WAMU 88.5 is where “the mind is our medium.” WAMU also broadcasts from 88.3 Ocean City on the Delmarva peninsula and in Washington on three HD channels — the flagship frequency at 88.5–1; WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, a bluegrass and Americana station, at 105.5 FM and 88.5–2; and Intersection, at 88.5–3, a news and information station broadcasting international coverage from the BBC and offering public radio programs unavailable elsewhere in the Washington area. For more information, visit wamu.org.

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