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eNote - November 2, 2011

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Here is an important message from TDI and CEPIN.  There will be a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday November 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. ET or 11:00 a.m. PT.  TDI has produced a vlog in sign language with voice over and open captions at


Don't Stress;
It's Only A Test!


New 'It's Our World Too!' Vlog Explains

First Nationwide Test
of the Emergency Alert System  

on Wednesday November 9, 2011

at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT 



SILVER SPRING, MD - Today,Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) released a new vlog "It's Our World Too!" about the upcoming historic nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test on November 9 at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT.  The vlog is in sign language with voice over and open captions explains what you can expect from this test.  You may view the vlog on YouTube at   


The nationwide EAS test, conducted by the federal government will last up to three and a half minutes. During this period, all regularly scheduled television, radio, cable, and satellite shows will be interrupted as the system is being tested.  TDI would like to ensure that all of their members, eNote subscribers and the larger public are aware that this event will be just a test, and not a real emergency alert.   


The test is being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as part of their ongoing efforts to keep the nation safe during emergencies and strengthen our resilience against all hazards.


"Our staff at TDI and its CEPIN (Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network) Project have been working closely with government officials at the FCC and FEMA to ensure that our constituencies are aware of the test and use the occasion to make sure their emergency plans are up to date," said Claude Stout, Executive Director of TDI.  Stout stressed, "We understand the technology being tested was designed 50 years ago and that there may be unforeseen gaps in accessibility, however we expect the government and the broadcasters to fulfill their commitment to accessibility as much as possible." 


The national Emergency Alert System is an alert and warning system that can be activated by the president, if needed, to provide information to the American public during emergencies.  NOAA's National Weather Service, governors, and state and local emergency authorities also use parts of the system to issue more localized emergency alerts. The test is an important exercise in ensuring that the system is effective in communicating critical information to the public in the event of a real national emergency.     


Similar to emergency alert system tests that are already conducted frequently on the local level, the nationwide test will involve television and radio stations across the entire United States, including the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.


Under the FCC's rules, radio and television broadcasters, cable operators, satellite digital audio radio service providers, direct broadcast satellite service providers and wireline video service providers are required to receive and transmit presidential EAS messages to the public. A national test will help federal partners and EAS participants determine the reliability of the system, as well as its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers both nationally and regionally.  The test will also provide the FCC and FEMA a chance to identify improvements that need to be made to build a modernized and fully accessible Emergency Alert System.    


TDI and CEPIN, along with FEMA, encourages the public to use this event as a reminder that everyone should assemble an emergency preparedness kit and develop an emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities, and businesses. Visit www.Ready.govfor more information about how to prepare for and stay informed about what to do in the event of an actual emergency.


Thank you for your assistance in spreading the word about the November 9th, 2pm ET / 11am PT  nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System!  Again, the vlog from TDI/CEPIN is at  


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Claude L. Stout
TDI Executive Director


About Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.:
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) is a consumer advocacy organization that provides leadership in achieving equal access to telecommunications, media, and information technologies for 36 million Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing. TDI publishes the TDI World quarterly magazine and the annual TDI National Directory & Resource Guide, also known as the Blue Book.   TDI administers the E911 Stakeholder Council, an ad-hoc group dedicated to increasing access to 9-1-1 and other emergency services, as well as the Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network, a program funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  In odd numbered years, TDI hosts a biennial conference where consumers, industry leaders and government officials gather to discuss accessibility trends in technology.   For more information about TDI and to support its work, go to

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