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November 8, 2011

The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9. During this test, regular radio and television broadcasts will be interrupted with a broadcast message stating, “This is a test.”
The test is being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) to measure the readiness and effectiveness of our nation’s emergency alert system.
Although this EAS Test may resemble the periodic, monthly EAS tests that most people are already familiar with, there will be some differences in what people will see and hear. Individuals should note the following when this test takes place:
• The audio message will be the same for all listeners.
• Due to limitations in the EAS, the video test message scroll may not be the same or indicate that “This is a test.” This is because FEMA is using the same code that would be used in an actual emergency to complete this test.
• The text at the top of the television screen may state that an “Emergency Action Notification has been issued.” Individuals should not be alarmed by this message. This notification is used to issue a national alert and in this case, a nationwide test.
• In addition, the background image that appears on video screens during an alert may indicate that “This is a test,” but in some instances there might not be an image at all.
Please be assured that any broadcast interruption during this time is due to the nationwide test. The test will be brief (about 30 seconds- 1 minute in length) and regularly scheduled programming will return once the test is complete.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ.  Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ( 

As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties.  The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report three times. In addition, RWJUH was named among the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and received the Equity Care of Award as Top Hospital for Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion from the American Hospital Association.

Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center.  The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.