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November 9 EAS National test

By cheesel_z ·
http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm

Fema and DHS wil conduct a national test of the Emergency Alert System on 11/9 at 2 pm. This will affect all broadcast and satellite radio and TV as well as cable. Given that this will happen in the middle of a Wednesday afternoon for 3 1/2 min., how do you think IT will be affected?

This will be the first time this has ever been done on a national scale, and I don't think it is getting the publicity it needs. Also, if it is a test, why not a Saturday at midnight? Why in the middle of a work week?

Renee

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Do not see where it will have any effect on anything, it is after all just

by Michael Jay In reply to November 9 EAS National t ...

a test.

Unless they shut down internet access I will not notice it at all as I will be working at that time.

I do miss the old EBS test, that was always cool,

This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System, the broadcasters in your area, in voluntary cooperation with the FCC and other authorities have developed this system to keep you informed in the event of an emergency, If this had been an actual emergency, you would have been instructed where to tune in your area for news and official information.

or words to that effect.

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They want to hear if there are outages...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to November 9 EAS National t ...

They need the signal to reach as many as possible.
If they hold the test in the middle of the night, who will tell them if the signal was faulty in some part of the infrastructure?
Besides, they also want as many people as possible to hear what the signal will be like - that's part of preparedness.

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