On April 2, 2009, the Federal Communications Commission granted the Colorado Emergency Communications Committee and National Weather Service a waiver to conduct a statewide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).
This test will be utilizing a “live” Event Code (“TOR” or “SVR”) in connection with a “statewide tornado test” planned to take place in Colorado on April 21, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. The test is part of “Severe Weather Awareness Week,” April 19-25, which has been designated by Gov. Bill Ritter.
In compliance with the FCC’s waiver, the Colorado Broadcasters Association and Colorado Emergency Communications Committee endorses the judgment of the National Weather Service (NWS) that such a test is necessary, including valid concerns that “without the live codes, the ‘test’ information would not be relayed through law enforcement communication, thus weakening a test of warning dissemination.”
The test wording will inform the public that the drill is in fact a test as not to alarm the public and cause unnecessary panic and concern.