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Emergency Alert System (EAS) - Screen Crawl

An example of what the screen crawl may look like when a television broadcast is interrupted by EAS. The text is scrolling across the top of the TV in white letters and reads "This is a test of." 
The EAS message shown on the TV is a small portion of the entire text that will be used in the IPAWS National Test on September 20, 2018. The entire screen crawl will read "THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”

An example of what the screen crawl looks like when a television broadcast is interrupted by EAS. The text is scrolling across the top of the TV in white letters and reads "This is a test of."

Photo by Justin Singer - Aug 28, 2018
Last Updated: August 30, 2018