We'd like to welcome the EAS community to A National Dialogue of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). We look forward to your ideas and discussions on the various EAS topics and categories (on the left hand side of the page). Thank you for participating as we look forward to the June 9th EAS Participant Virtual Roundtable (click the link above).
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?
Guidelines for local individual and community emergency response; i.e. info about shelter, medical help, emergency status of emergency, food, water, clothing, etc.
I suggest that all SECC's reach out to their respective state's professional emergency management associations. Nationally, we need to do more outreach to NEMA, the organization that State emergency managers belong to. We need to not only meet with professional EM's at all levels, but ask them if we can get on programs for their conventions, and allow them the opportunity to meet with local broadcasters.
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Would a toolkit with handouts, fact sheets, FAQs, and recommendations on messaging be helpful for State/local government to spread the word about the Test? Would a quick PSA template also help?
Millions of Americans use Facebook, Google, AOL to communicate. It would be very advantageous to establish contracts to syndicate EAS messages online during a national event. Additionally, it would be ideal to partner with social media outlets and email providers to create applications which allow users to voluntarily subscribe their email address and contact info into local emergency notification systems.
Include NOAA Weather Radio in upcoming National Test.
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.
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!
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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