The EAS system needs an overhaul.
Some people will not always be tied in to a communication device should an emergency arise. Methods are needed to cover these circumstances. Some activities will not allow access to communication devices. Some ideas: 1. Bring back the emergency siren type methods the CD used during the cold war. 2. Add some sort of visual signals in addition to audio signals. This would also aid those with hearing impairments. 3. ...more »
I have to ask, why is this the first National EAS test? I would've thought that since the initial program began (circa 1953) there would be national tests. After the false alarm of 1971 (EBS), or more recently after 1997 when EAS was implemented (using SAME). What caused the delay up to this point?
Time for the National Test is listed as "2:00 pm EDT" on 9 November 2011.
As nearly as I can tell, EDT ends 6 Nov 2011.
Perhaps this should be clarified?
A major source of contention is the lack of harmony of EAS and program content. While there are events that should always be given the ability to immediately override program, "Priority 1" this is not so fo many alerts. If a priority scheme can be associated with the event codes, and lower priorities (higher numbers) can be assigned progressively longer timeout periods before proceeding to override the program, perhaps ...more »
Anyone out there using a PIER Systems web site for emergency information? If so, have you had luck setting up a feed that communicates with CAP servers?
An observation for stations that don't broadcast an EAS activation but go right to live news coverage when there's an activation--a local emergency manager told me that he expects consistency when it comes to emergency information. He wants the public to get the information from the emergency official first and not some reporter's interpretation of what the emergency official said especially when that reporter is not ...more »
Many online services where users tend to stay attached, say for instance multiplayer games, might want to plug into such a system. The interface could be as simple as an RSS feed.
For the national test was the AT&T conference bridge at Blue Ridge used to send the EAN message to the PEP stations?
I would like to suggest that in addition to carrying national EAS on the NPR Squawk (News Advisory) channel that NPR also carry EAS on "Squawk Net", the Breaking News Channel. NPR stations could then monitor the Breaking News Channel on their Endecs and have a direct line to national. This would improve audio quality across the country ... at least on NPR stations and any stations that monitor them. The NPR News Advisory ...more »
I just received an email stating that EM's and law enforcement officials are concerned about the potential reaction of uninformed citizens might react (panic, anxiety) to the nation wide EAS test. If this is a serious concern, I hope they are doubly concerned about how people will react to a legitimate activation of the EAS.
The time in the National Test was 2:03:00 EST in the transmitted header all over the country. The DASDEC boxes and likely other newer boxes appeared to have taken that time as the "I am waiting until this is effective". A discussion needs to occur about the reality of that behavior during an EAN.
CAP should not be required until the Next Generation EAS system is fully implemented and tested. CAP compliance can be voluntary till the entire system is hardened and emergency personnel as well as broadcasters have been given time to become familiar with it. Part 11 should not be modified and equipment should not be mandatory until the time that the Next Generation EAS system has been developed and implemented on a ...more »
The slide presentation is available at this link: