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FEMA to test Emergency Alert System nationwide

Test will take over television and radio for 30 seconds Wednesday morning

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission will take over television and radio Wednesday morning (Nov. 9) as part of the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, FEMA said.

The test will take place at 11 a.m., last approximately 30 seconds, and will be aired on every television and radio station, including cable TV and satellite radio. The message people will see and hear on television and radio will be similar to that of regular regional testing systems with the familiar phrase, "this is a test." It was originally slated to last nearly three minutes.

FEMA spokesman Paul Luke said the change was made because the longer the test runs, the greater the likelihood that some cable systems in place around the country might not recognize the signal as a test and send out an actual emergency message.

"It might create undue confusion," Luke said.

The new EAS would allow the president to address the nation during extreme emergencies, FEMA officials said. The test is to help "determine the reliability of the system and its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers nationally and regionally," FEMA officials said on the agency's website.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

Sounds like an excellent opportunity for an Orson Welles moment - can anyone say "War of the Worlds"?


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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 8, 2011 at 10:48 am

Beware the embedded subliminal message.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Mountain View
on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:17 am

Just watch the movie Seven Days in May, to see whats comming.


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Posted by Dennis
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Try to resist the sudden urge to send a generous check in support of Wall Street's "God's Work Project"


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