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Image description: This page is an excerpt from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new graphic novel, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic.”  This comic book demonstrates the importance of being prepared…for anything. Included in the novel is a Preparedness Checklist so that you can get your family, workplace or school ready before disaster strikes. A text only version is also available. Read the graphic novel.
Illustration by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention

Image description: This page is an excerpt from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new graphic novel, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic.” This comic book demonstrates the importance of being prepared…for anything. Included in the novel is a Preparedness Checklist so that you can get your family, workplace or school ready before disaster strikes. A text only version is also available. Read the graphic novel.

Illustration by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention

First Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System On Wednesday

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System tomorrow, Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 PM Eastern time. It will last 30 seconds.

You may hear a message on radio or television saying, “This is a test.” This national test will help determine the reliability of the system and its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers nationally and regionally.

The Emergency Alert System is a national system to let the President address the public during emergencies. Under the Federal Communications Commission’s rules, radio and television broadcasters, cable operators, satellite providers and wireline video service providers are required to receive and transmit presidential Emergency Alert System messages to the public.

The nationwide test will broadcast across all states and the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.

Learn more about the Emergency Alert System test.

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