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November 9, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Nationwide emergency alert at 11 a.m. today

This is a reminder that there’s a nationwide emergency-alert test today.

Officials want you to know this: Don’t panic, and don’t call 911.

The feds will try out the Emergency Alert System at 11 a.m. for the first time.

The 30-second message will be similar to other emergency broadcasts that have taken place for more than half a century.

This one will be different because it’ll be the first time the alert system will be used at the national level, and the test will be beamed simultaneously to more than 20,000 TV and radio stations.

Remember, it’s just a test.

 

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