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.
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.
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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!
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.
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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?
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?
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?),
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Include NOAA Weather Radio in upcoming National Test.