Observations and Findings

EAS TEST FROM THE PAST

I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH EMERGENCY SERVICES

IN SOME WAY MOST OF MY ADULT LIFE.I'M A AMATEUR RADIO OPERATOR AND EMERGENCY COORDINATOR, MEMBER OF AIR FORCE MARS.

FIRST THE PAST EBS ALERTS IN THE MID FIFTIES. I REMEMBER ON ONE TEST BROADCAST RADIO AND TV STATIONS WERE SHUT DOWN BY ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE PUBLIC NOTIFIED TO MONITOR THE TWO CIVIL DEFENSE CHANNELS ON AM RADIO, YOU REMEMBER THE TWO ICON ON ALL AM RADIOS BACK IN THE 50'S.

SO, WHAT WENT WRONG AND WHAT THE PUBLIC NEEDS:

FIRST, SHORT PKS AND AUDIO TONES,NOT GOOD FOR A BLIND PERSON. IF THEY HAD LEFT THE ROOM THEY WOULD HAVE MISSED THE ALERT. SECOND A SHORT POP-UP SCREEN ALERTING THE PUBLIC NO ONE ON THE SCREEN TO EXPLAIN WHAT THE ALERT WAS ABOUT.

THIRD, THE SHORT AUDIO SCRIPT WAS GARBLED AND HAD A HUM IN IT.THE CRAWLER WORKED FINE FOR A SIGHTED PERSON BUT SHOULD HAVE HAD AUDIO FOR THE BLIND.

WHY WAS THE NWS WX ALERT RADIO NOT USED ,THAT IS THE BACKBONE FOR ANY EMERGENCY NATIONALLY AS WELL AS LOCAL. IT WAS NOT A GOOD IDEA NOT TO INCLUDE IT IN THE TEST.AND AGAIN THE PRESIDENT SHOULD HAVE MADE THE BROADCAST TO THE PUBLIC.

LOOK AT IT AS A WORST CASE SCENARIO TEST, NO CELL PHONE OR INTERNET ONLY WHAT YOU CAN SEE AND HEAR.

Tags

Voting

-2 votes
Active
Idea No. 84