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.
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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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!
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 »
Here's the link: http://www.nab.org/documents/landingPages/barnett_fcc.asp... more »
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?
Guidelines for local individual and community emergency response; i.e. info about shelter, medical help, emergency status of emergency, food, water, clothing, etc.
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?