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Press Release

Department of Safety
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
and NH Association Of Broadcasters
For Immediate Release: November 3, 2011
Contact: Jim Van Dongen, (603) 223-3641; Jordan Walton, (603) 627-9600

NH To Participate In National EAS Test

CONCORD, NH – New Hampshire's broadcast industry and the NH Department of Safety will participate in the first-ever national test of the Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, Nov. 9, officials said.

The test will be broadcast on all New Hampshire radio and television stations and cable TV systems at about 2 p.m. and last for approximately three minutes.

"We want to ensure that New Hampshire residents and visitors know that this is a test of the Emergency Alert System and no actual emergency is occurring," said Christopher M. Pope, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. "The EAS is used frequently on a statewide basis for warnings about dangerous weather and other emergencies. This national test will sound similar to those broadcasts and statewide test messages."

Pope said the test is also a good reminder that people should be prepared for emergencies.

"New Hampshire's over-the-air broadcasters are proud to be an integral part of the Emergency Alert System, said Jordan Walton, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters. "In an emergency, residents rely on radio and television to give them the information they need to stay safe and we are constantly striving to make that system work efficiently and effectively."

Pope and Walton said the Emergency Alert System in New Hampshire is jointly operated by the state's broadcasters and the Department of Safety to ensure that Granite State residents and visitors have rapid warning of emergencies.

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