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Windows 7: Emergency Alert System Nationwide Test 11-9-2011

05 Nov 2011   #1
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 
Nationwide (USA) Emergency Alert System Test: November 9th

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On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, FEMA, NOAA and FCC will conduct the first ever national test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS). This nationwide test will kick off at 1:00 pm (CST) and run concurrently across all time zones. This system test is the first of its kind designed to broadcast a nationwide message to the American public.

There is concern in local police and emergency management circles about undue public anxiety over this test. The test message on TV might not indicate that it is just a test. The fear is that the lack of an explanation regarding the message might create panic. Please share this information with your team, family and friends so they are aware of the test.
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We anticipate that the test will last approximately 3 minutes. While most messages, such as tsunami or hurricane warnings, are limited to two minutes by the emergency alert system, the Presidential message capability (which will be used in the national test) does not have a time limit. So to evaluate if the system properly interprets the Presidential message code in this test, the message duration must be longer than two minutes in length.
Below are a few websites that will provide more information regarding this test:

FEMA Blog: Help Us Spread the Word – On November 9, “This is Just a Test”

FEMA: Nationwide EAS Test

https://nationaldialogue-emergencyal...ideascale.com/
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08 Nov 2011   #2
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
EAS

I guess it not a bad idea, but I thought that I had got away from all of those emergency tests on TV, since I don't use it anymore. I guess that since this first test is supposed to be national, that we all will get the same thing:

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On November 9, 2011 a nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test
will be conducted at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST. This is the first time
that the EAS will be tested on a national level. Please note that no
actual emergency is taking place, this is just a test.
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08 Nov 2011   #3
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Emergency Alert System Nationwide Test 11-9-2011


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At the Federal Communications Commission's June 9, 2011 Agenda meeting, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Chief Jamie Barnett, joined by representatives from FEMA and the National Weather Service, announced that the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) would take place at 2:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on November 9, 2011. The purpose of the test is to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS as a public alert mechanism. EAS Participants currently participate in state-level monthly tests and local-level weekly tests, but no top-down review of the entire system has ever been undertaken. The Commission, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will use the results of this nationwide test to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS as a public alert mechanism, and will work together with EAS stakeholders to make improvements to the system as appropriate.
Read more at:
Emergency Alert System Nationwide Test | FCC.gov
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09 Nov 2011   #4
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Hmm, I intended to see the alert, but forgot and was playing a game instead, therefore I saw and heard nothing. I would have thought that the alert would have been seen or heard, regardless of what activity was occurring at the time. Did anyone else see or hear it?
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09 Nov 2011   #5
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Was just a scrolling banner across the screen of the TV for 30 seconds.

Just like any other alert.

Emergency Alert System to Be Tested Across the Country's TVs and Radios - NYTimes.com
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09 Nov 2011   #6
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

That probably explains it, because the game covered it. Still, I would have thought it would be designed to be on top of anything else.

EDIT:

Got this from your link:

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...some cable and satellite television subscribers said they did not. There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancies, but that was one of the purposes of the test — to find out how well the system would work in an actual emergency.
This seems like a more likely explanation in my case, because my connection is cable.
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10 Nov 2011   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

National Emergency Alert System Fails Its First Test

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The very first test of the National Emergency Alert System today, but it appears that the new high-tech system that was due to take over all the airwaves failed fairly spectacularly. At 2PM eastern time, the system was supposed to break into radio and all TV channels to ensure all the parts were working as expected. Instead, many regions didn’t get any alerts at all.
Read more at:
Maximum PC | National Emergency Alert System Fails Its First Test
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10 Nov 2011   #8
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I passed!

A Guy
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10 Nov 2011   #9
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I think that I must have misunderstood how they were expecting it to work, because Brink's link only speaks of it breaking into radio and TV channels, and I have neither...unless you includes Hulu, AOL Radio, etc. Even if they were included, that would mean that I would most likely miss an alert, even if it did work, because most of the time I'm not connected to anything like that. I had thought that it was supposed to alert a computer that was simply connected to the internet, regardless of what it was or was not doing.
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10 Nov 2011   #10
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

Didn't see/hear it. Was too busy sleeping. :/


So much of warning as many as possible of impending doom. Just kidding. XD
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