For the national test was the AT&T conference bridge at Blue Ridge used to send the EAN message to the PEP stations?
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 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.
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 »
Would it make sense for a standard to be set concerning where on the screen an EAS crawl should be set? With aspect ratio conversion between carriers, differently formatted sets and all, should we establish a uniform raster location for alerts? Should it be different for watches versus warnings?
Why not have some sort of video slide or live video stream during an EAN? In the event that we had to use it, shouldn't there be video of some sort while overriding ALL broadcast? I would think a video would at least give something to look at other than a 'black screen' on cable and satellite.
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.
A number of cable systems today are locked into blanket channel override right now for EAS. The FCC should set a "date certain"when all cable head end equipment should be capable of selective override and at that "date certain", cable systems should assume TV stations will not be overridden UNLESS they ask their cable system in writing that they be overridden - a reverse of present policy. Part 11 should be adjusted accordingly. ...more »
There is currently no mandatory participation by Emergency Managers. This should be changed. The Emergency Managers in our Area do not care to use EAS and have little idea how to utilize it if they wanted to. This must change
The EAS system needs an overhaul.
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?