Emergency Alert System nationwide test tomorrow, 11/9, tell your friends

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  1. Prinnctopher's Belt

    Prinnctopher's Belt Antiquities Friend SF Supporter

    The first national Emergency Alert System (EAS) test will take place tomorrow.

    This nationwide test will kick off on all broadcast outlets at 2:00 p.m. eastern time and run across all time zones. This system test is the first of its kind designed to broadcast a nationwide message to the American public.

    As you may already know, there have been tests like this in the past, but officials say nothing like it has ever been conducted at this level in U.S. history. The three minute test will run on all radio and TV stations, playing a general 30 second to one-minute test message.

    "This is what they've been working on for a while. Now, they're going to try and see what happens when they try to do a nationwide alert at one time. Relax... it is just a test, just to see if the nation has the capability of doing a quick alerting if we need to," said Paul Bump, Harrison & Taylor County 911 Director.

    Local police and emergency management officials are concerned there may be public anxiety over this test if folks don't know what it is or why it's happening. So they're asking everyone to please share this information with your family and friends so they'll be prepared for it.
  2. BrinkOfExistence

    BrinkOfExistence Well-Known Member

    Why would a country need to send an emergency nationwide message? isn't that what the news does anyway?
  3. In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place Well-Known Member

    Hehe I'm sure your about to be told why
  4. BeautifullyChaotic

    BeautifullyChaotic Well-Known Member

    Not everyone watches the news... that's my only guess.
    As for why we would need a nationwide alert, your guess is as good as mine. Maybe someone is going to blow up everything at one time??? Haha, "We will all go together when we go!" to quote the great Tom Lehrer.
  5. Growing Pains

    Growing Pains Well-Known Member

    I can think of many reasons...

    I guess not everyone watching the news is a possible reason. But what about those of us without TV or radio? Are we just SOL? :poo:
  6. justMe7

    justMe7 Well-Known Member

    It's effective in letting everyone know if something seriously important has occoured instantly. Like someone said, not everyone watches the news. But there is a difference of "mental/social/countrywide" impact when everything is spewing one core message to everyone at once. It dominates attention over anything else, which makes the presentation of the situation more "important" and the presentation of the "solution" more important.

    I read on some dodgy website that this was going to also be used on in the internet aswell? That'd be awsome if it made every .com website instantly refresh and re-direct to the broadcasting. I'd highjack that system and make people listen to something important. Like the ninja turtles theme song :p:canucks:
  7. Growing Pains

    Growing Pains Well-Known Member

    If that's true, I guess that answers my question. :tongue:

    Though, "dodgy" does make me a bit doubtful.
  8. BrinkOfExistence

    BrinkOfExistence Well-Known Member

    Yes, but if an attack happened in london as much as i'd be sad about it there's nothing i could do being in manchester and interrupting TV or radio isn't going to make a difference (even though thats what the news does if something big happens), all that will happen is i know something terrible has happened and now i feel shit about it, to be honest i'd rather not know.

    The only reason i could think is if there was an imminent invasion or nuclear attack.

    Who would have the guts and the resources to invade America and if there was a nuclear attack would you rather spend your last few minutes in panic and despair or quietly watching your 'uninterrupted' TV show sipping a beer?

    I think it's pointless because i don't believe anything large enough would happen that would aquire the attention of the entire nation but i suppose if it puts your mind at ease knowing that all hell is breaking loose, then it couldn't hurt.
  9. justMe7

    justMe7 Well-Known Member

    I think a big part of it is a moral thing. Making everyone aware at the sametime, letting them all know at the sametime that they're all in it together. ect ect. Plus they have complete control on the initial/offical presentation and direction of the situation. Kinda makes a mental map for peopel to cling onto when their world is fractured.

    Alot of people run off the flow of society, so if something happens that's major it helps them to know that their country is on it, that everyones going in this direction, and what the best thing they can do. According to some twat on a screen atleast.

    I guess since they are "intertwining" all national networks, they are also setting up a system for other applications.
  10. xan

    xan Chat Buddy

    It's so the president can say "My fellow Americans..." It's what he always says when the world is about to end.... in movies at least
  11. hornbeam

    hornbeam Well-Known Member

    Really wish we had one going off here though.
  12. Lost

    Lost Staff Alumni

    I heard it was just to test to see just how flawed it is in today's world and judging whether or not to implement something more up to date.
  13. Prinnctopher's Belt

    Prinnctopher's Belt Antiquities Friend SF Supporter

    They are preparing for the 2012 E.L.E.
  14. BrinkOfExistence

    BrinkOfExistence Well-Known Member

    E.L.E as in Extinction Level Event? Really? The government actually thinks this may happen? :no: God bless America.
  15. lightbeam

    lightbeam Antiquities Friend

    The Extinction Level Event! Brought about by Harry Potter, Dumbeldore, and Voldemort.

    Oh yeah, and there was *NO* testing of this warning system since I was online as well as had the TV on at noon MDT... Must be a pretty flawed system. Can't coordinate something as simple as a hello across 4 time zones.
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  16. Tim.

    Tim. SF Emoti-King

    Thought it was funny that this got me a bit even though I knew it was coming. I even knew it was at 2 PM EST, but I thought it was on Friday or something.

    Congratulations, you got me government!

    Good thing I get internet in the bunker.

    I'm also pretty sure that Twitter and smart phones have made the entire system obsolete.
  17. BrinkOfExistence

    BrinkOfExistence Well-Known Member

    So did the test happen? what did it say?
  18. lightbeam

    lightbeam Antiquities Friend

    No, the test didn't happen.
  19. BrinkOfExistence

    BrinkOfExistence Well-Known Member

    Well it's a good job it's just a test otherwise you wouldn't know what's going on until you watch the news. :mhmm:
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  20. lightbeam

    lightbeam Antiquities Friend

    The EAS was not tested, if there even was one. I think this is another conspiracy thing. The US is going to take over the world!!! Mwahahahahahahahaha! *cough*
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