NAB has just been informed by FEMA that the Nationwide EAS Test scheduled for November 9th at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) has been shortened. The audio of the test will now last 30 seconds, instead of the originally planned two and a half minutes. This will result in a total test time of approximately 45 to 60 seconds (including the data burst tones).
This change was made at the direction of Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
NAB will be providing more information as we learn more and will be adjusting the messaging about the Nationwide EAS Test accordingly. We are working on revising a new public service announcement to reflect this change that we expect will be available tomorrow.