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National Emergency Alert Test Postponed to October 3 - 09/17/18

Salem, OR. – Sept. 17, 2018 – The nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) has been postponed until October 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. The test will be conducted by FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

In Oregon, the WEA portion of the test commences at 11:18 a.m. Pacific Time, and the EAS portion follows at 11:20 a.m. Pacific Time. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.  

The test was originally scheduled to take place this Thursday, September 20, although FEMA held October 3 as a back-up date. According to FEMA, a backup date was planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date.

For further information on the test, go to https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.

If you have an iPhone this is the message you will receive during the Wireless Emergency Alert Test on Sept. 20 at 11:18 a.m.
If you have an iPhone this is the message you will receive during the Wireless Emergency Alert Test on Sept. 20 at 11:18 a.m.
First-Ever Nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Test Scheduled (Photo) - 09/12/18

Salem, OR – September 12, 2018 – There will be a first-ever nationwide test of the Integrated public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) on Thursday, Sept. 20. IPAWS encompasses the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA). The test, coordinated by FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will be broadcast via radio, TV, cable stations and wireless carriers. The WEA portion of the test will occur at 11:18 a.m. Pacific Time (2:18 p.m. EDT); the EAS portion will occur at 11:20 a.m. Pacific Time (2:20 p.m. EDT).  No action is required by the public.

IPAWS is a national system for local alerting that provides authenticated emergency alerts and information from emergency officials to the public through radio, TV, cell phones and Internet applications. Although this is the fourth EAS nationwide test, it is the first national WEA test.

“This is the first time a wireless alert has been tested in Oregon, and we don't want anyone to be caught off guard,” said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps. “No matter where someone is—at work, in their car, at school, at the doctor’s office, anywhere—they should hear and see the alert on their phone,” said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps.

The nationwide test ensures that in times of an emergency or disaster, public safety officials have methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public. Alerts are rare, but can happen locally, statewide, or nationally.  In addition, the test is a way to assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message, and determine whether technological improvements are needed.  A nationwide WEA message would only be used in the most extreme emergency situation.

 “This is a very important test that will help improve our ability to get critical information to the public, both over traditional broadcast venues such as radio and TV, as well as over mobile phones. We encourage our partners, including the media, to help share this important information.”

This test is being conducted by FEMA in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). For more information visit: https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.

 

Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued a proclamation for National Preparedness Month
Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued a proclamation for National Preparedness Month
Disasters Happen. Prepare Now! September is National Preparedness Month (Photo) - 09/05/18

SALEM, OR - September 5, 2018 – Recent wildfires, annual winter storms and seasonal flooding are all stark reminders of the importance of preparing for disasters. Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management urges individuals, families, businesses and local organizations to take time during September – National Preparedness Month – to learn about potential hazards, make a plan for what to do in the aftermath of a disaster and build a preparedness kit (or add something new to your existing kit). These essential steps are the foundation of basic preparedness.

There are a variety of ways to approach disaster preparedness and many resources available on the OEM website, Ready.gov, The American Red Cross and more. They offer a wide range of preparedness perspectives on the specific essentials to include in a kit. This year, however, OEM is focusing on less-talked about elements of preparedness such as learning life-saving skills, checking your insurance coverage and saving for an emergency.

“We recognize that people are at different phases in their personal preparedness,” says OEM Director Andrew Phelps, “and it can feel overwhelming to maintain plans and kits and share preparedness strategies with family members and friends. Once the plans are made and practiced, and the kit is established, it’s important to consider what you need for long-term recovery,” he says.

  • Life-saving skills:  Life-saving skills include putting smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, learning how to turn off utilities like water or natural gas, and taking part in a CPR or first-aid class.
     
  • Insurance coverage:  Insurance is a first line of defense when it comes to disaster preparedness. Check to see what your homeowner or renter policy covers, and take photos of important documents and personal belongings to help you quickly file a claim.
     
  • Saving for an emergency:  Plan financially for the possibility of a disaster. Keep copies of lease agreements, mortgage papers, tax statements and other documents to re-establish financial accounts and provide if necessary for an insurance claim. Keep a small amount of cash at home in a safe place, especially small bills if ATMs and credit cards are not accepted after a disaster.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued a proclamation in support of National Preparedness Month and OEM promotes being 2 Weeks Ready for earthquakes and other disasters. A series of animated one-minute videos are available, along with easy to read graphics and brochures. Each brochure offers helpful tips on what to do 2 minutes, 2 hours, 2 days and 2 weeks after a disaster.

“A major disaster could leave large areas of our state without resources for days and weeks,” says Phelps. “Having 2 weeks of food, water and other emergency supplies is critical for individuals and families who may need to take care of themselves until formal response resources can reach them.”

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