Henrico participating in National EAS test Nov. 9

Henrico County will be participating in a test of the National Emergency Alert System at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The FCC, along with other federal departments including FEMA, NOAA, National Weather Service and DHS, will be conducting the test. Although the Nationwide EAS Test may resemble the periodic, monthly EAS tests that most Americans are already familiar with, there will be some differences in what viewers will see and hear, which is one reason for conducting a nationwide EAS test.

Although the activation will include an audio message indicating that this is a test, a visual message indicating that “this is a test” may not appear on every television channel, especially for cable subscribers. This is due to the use of a “live” national code – the same code that would be used in an actual emergency. FEMA and the FCC are conducting outreach to the public, especially the deaf and hard of hearing, in advance of the test. Outreach will include specific information tailored to the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing and will be readily available at online sites, such as http://www.fcc.gov. In addition, FEMA and the FCC will continue to work with EAS Participants to explore possible solutions to address this limitation.

Henrico County will support this effort by sending out a message using the County’s Henrico Alert System along with available social media outlets to remind residents of the test. In order to receive the reminder sent to an email or texting capable cell phone, users can visit http://www.henricoalert.org to register their devices. For more information, visit http://www.henricofire.org, http://www.facebook.com/HenricoCountyOfficeofEmergencyManagement or on Twitter at #HenricoOEM.
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The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will host a Happy Hour Art Class from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. First, enjoy wine tastings from Jacey Vineyards from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and then grab a brush and follow the leader to create a seasonal masterpiece to take home. Classes are held the second Saturday of each month and feature a different project led by artist Nancy Jacey. Cost is $45 and includes wine tasting, all project supplies, one complimentary beverage and light refreshments. To register, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com. Full text

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