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.
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 »
As an average American I would like to express 2 concerns.
1) Did anyone actually consider that 11/9 is the inverse of 9/11. In my opinion not the best date choice!
2) Americans are used to EAS tests. In my opinion it was not necessary to announce a test of this magnititude. In addition you have alerted on a massive scale the test date to every enemy we have.
I expect more thoughtfull action from people in charge!
At 2pm, a great majority of the country’s breadwinners will be engaged in their breadwinning without access to radio or TV, satellite, cable or otherwise – as these are not maintained in most offices or conference rooms by employers. These vectors of communication, while still necessary, are losing ground to, and for some people (my home) have been completely replaced by web enabled tools and media. I suggest opt-in ...more »
I'm concerned that the legacy end user equipment isn’t going to be able to function after IPAWS is used. I mean for example a TiVo and Moxi don’t support the audio portion of alerts, only the banner which I think uses rigid predestinated scripts. For example THE BROADCAST STATION OR CABLE SYSTEM HAS ISSUED A REQUIRED WEEKLY TEST FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES/AREAS: (list of counties/parishes/independent cities, or other ...more »
Create a FEMA local broadcast network channel (EBC) of volunteers to take over the local public television in the off hour night operations when the local public television goes off the air. This can be manned by local volunteers, and then when there is a real emergency enacted the volunteers can disseminate information as needed. This channel can pre-empt local public television stations for alerts during their normal ...more »
I think I missed something in the conversation. Why are we not also testing the EAT code? EAT is just as much a part of the real process as is EAN. We use EOM every week. We know it works.
I know that dish and dirctv have expressed they can't use local and State eas because there is no way to lo get the alerts at the local level. However, I was thing that since National public Radio is avialbe in mmoast areas and they use the EAS for almost every alert issued they could have their recivers programed to monitor their local NPR station for all alerts.
As most of us (all of us) now have internet access, could the system be re-arranged so that the station to station leapfrog system could become the backup method? There will still be the occasional dropout of the internet, but it is a fast and high quality way of transferring information. But once again - who controls how that information would be transmitted? Would it be user centric, or vendor centric?
It seems that the process for receiving alerts is rather closed. In this day and age there is plenty of evidence that open sourcing has many advantages in creating systems that are more functional, more reliable and at a lower cost. Why does it seem that the requirements are more for a "system" rather than the level of functionality? The system should be less involved with specific hardware and much more software based. ...more »
I liked the PSA ideas played in Friday's web meeting. NAB said, as I recall, that there were scripts on their website but I can't find them. Maybe this website would be a good place to post PSA ideas/scripts or links to them. Then we can "borrow" and/or adapt ideas from them.
What we've heard so far:
State Monitoring Assignments
Basic EAS Device Configuration
Cable Force Tuning
Signal Reception & Coverage Areas
What are your Top 5?
I would like to see the Manufacturers of CAP solutions for EAS follow the lead of TFT and set up CAP testing servers so that end users can test their upgrade/new equipment to see if the CAP set up is functioning correctly. This is important since there are only CAP servers in some states and it will help contract engineers and techs set up CAP solutions more efficiently. If CAP doesn't work at the end point, the whole ...more »
Checking the EAS Handbook for the format of an actual national activation, it appears to consist of two parts: First, the EAT, with data chirps, attention signal and a scripted, "This is an Emergency Action Notification...a message over the Emergency Alert System," which stations will *replay* with locally-relayed/regenerated data chirps and attention signal (and possibly the script audio?), Second, after a pause ...more »
Include NOAA Weather Radio in upcoming National Test.