SHERMAN, TX - The first nationwide emergency alert system test will happen Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Brad LaRock, General Manager of DOC FM in Sherman says they bought a new receiver just for the test. "I guess we probably spent maybe three or four hours prepping for this."
Officials use the EAS for evacuations, amber alerts and other local emergencies. Warning Coordinator for the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management, David Woods said, "it's mainly been used by local emergency management offices and weather centers to alert the public of maybe some type of local emergency or some type of weather situation. But it's never been tested on a national basis."
LaRock said, "it's the first nationwide. We do monthly state tests that originate from stations in Dallas." And although you've probably heard the tones before, this time will be different.
"It's going to be on all broadcast, all cable, all television so you can't get away from this one," said LaRock.
Woods said, "they're going to hear a tone come out across their televisions and radios. Then they'll probably hear another series of tones, then they're going to hear a voice that's going to override whatever else is on the television."
Since the EAS is going nationwide, the question is, what will it be used for? Woods said, "it would be some type of national event that has an impact on a large portion of the United States."
So remember, Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. the tone is just a test.