An historic, statewide exercise involving the first-ever "live" Presidential test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) occurred on January 6, 2010. The exercise was a result of joint planning efforts by FEMA, the FCC, Alaska's Division of Homeland Security, and Alaska's Broadcaster's Association, in conjunction with other local, state, and federal emergency management partners. The exercise monitored over-the-air broadcast signals for 18 radio stations and three television stations to determine the performance of the system. Monitors from various local, state and federal agencies were stationed around Alaska, with the exercise leaders in Anchorage. FCC staff acted as monitors in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau, and Kenai, respectively.
The data collected from the exercise is being evaluated by the entities referenced above to determine the effectiveness of the EAS during the exercise, and where improvements could be made to the nation's alerting system. This will help keep the American public informed and better able to take appropriate actions to protect themselves in times of crisis.