The EAS system needs an overhaul.
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.
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 »
CAP should not be required until the Next Generation EAS system is fully implemented and tested. CAP compliance can be voluntary till the entire system is hardened and emergency personnel as well as broadcasters have been given time to become familiar with it. Part 11 should not be modified and equipment should not be mandatory until the time that the Next Generation EAS system has been developed and implemented on a ...more »
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.
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?
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!
I "witnessed" the test this afternoon. There was no indication that it was a test except to a statement 60 seconds prior to the test that said it was coming at 2:00 PM. When it took place all that happened was a serious interruption of TV reception which lasted approximately 3.5 minutes. I would say that it was a complete failure in our area. It needs a lot more work!
I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH EMERGENCY SERVICES IN SOME WAY MOST OF MY ADULT LIFE.I'M A AMATEUR RADIO OPERATOR AND EMERGENCY COORDINATOR, MEMBER OF AIR FORCE MARS. FIRST THE PAST EBS ALERTS IN THE MID FIFTIES. I REMEMBER ON ONE TEST BROADCAST RADIO AND TV STATIONS WERE SHUT DOWN BY ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE PUBLIC NOTIFIED TO MONITOR THE TWO CIVIL DEFENSE CHANNELS ON AM RADIO, YOU REMEMBER THE TWO ...more »
I watched this video from Jamie Barnett (link below) and he states the National Test could be much longer in length up to 3:30. I know the Sage ENDEC units can only handle 2:00 minutes and will terminate the test after that. Will the test be longer? If so, someone needs to inform FEMA that the test needs to be limited to 2:00 of audio not a second more. Here's the link: http://www.nab.org/documents/landingPages/barnett_fcc.asp ...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 »
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?