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.
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?
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 »