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Re: First test of National Alert System

Post by NoAm » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:21 pm

It didn't hit all of our cable channels, nothing on the Weather Channel, flipped over to a network station and it was playing on there.
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Re: First test of National Alert System

Post by shrapnel » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:22 pm

ZS was down for me, for a minute or two, right at 2:01. COINCIDENCE? I THINK NOT.
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shrapnel wrote:ZS was down for me, for a minute or two, right at 2:01. COINCIDENCE? I THINK NOT.
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Re: First test of National Alert System

Post by duodecima » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:25 pm

I heard nothing- I'm at work, no radio or TV. (Now, anything that big my employer uses an email/text emergency alert system, as does my kid's school, so I think I'd've gotten a for-real emergency but still... It's not easy to get everybody's attention all at once anymore.
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Post by NoAm » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:27 pm

Wasn't there a reference that cells phones would be receiving texts? We got nothing on our cells.
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Re: First test of National Alert System

Post by Czechnology » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:28 pm

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Re: First test of National Alert System

Post by Patriot Pirate » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:29 pm

Was on phone with friend in Ohio and he said nothing came on his radio or tv either

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Re: First test of National Alert System

Post by Czechnology » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:31 pm

Patriot Pirate wrote:Was on phone with friend in Ohio and he said nothing came on his radio or tv either
That's exactly what they were hoping to find so they could fix it. That's why it's called a "test".
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Re: First test of National Alert System

Post by phil_in_cs » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:54 pm

Czechnology wrote:
Patriot Pirate wrote:Was on phone with friend in Ohio and he said nothing came on his radio or tv either
That's exactly what they were hoping to find so they could fix it. That's why it's called a "test".
An experiment is always successful, even if it proves something doesn't work. Worked fine here.
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Re: First test of National Alert System

Post by Necrodamus » Wed Nov 09, 2011 3:15 pm

phil_in_cs wrote:
Czechnology wrote:
Patriot Pirate wrote:Was on phone with friend in Ohio and he said nothing came on his radio or tv either
That's exactly what they were hoping to find so they could fix it. That's why it's called a "test".
An experiment is always successful, even if it proves something doesn't work. Worked fine here.
I disagree, but I know what you mean.
I have seen experiments that failed in that the experiment that was conducted was incapable of rendering a succeess or failure and was therefore of no benefit. Happens a lot in the IT field!

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Re: First test of National Alert System

Post by Czechnology » Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:09 pm

Necrodamus wrote:I disagree, but I know what you mean.
I have seen experiments that failed in that the experiment that was conducted was incapable of rendering a succeess or failure and was therefore of no benefit. Happens a lot in the IT field!
Have you tried turning it off and on again?
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Re: First test of National Alert System

Post by whisk.e.rebellion » Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:16 pm

Czechnology wrote:Have you tried turning it off and on again?
You do know how a button works, don't you? No, not like on clothes.
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Re: First test of National Alert System

Post by basm » Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:45 pm

All I do at work is listen to CDs or stream radio, and the radio I was streaming at 2pm didn't have any kind of anything, so I don't know if anything happened. I realized it at about 2:30 that I'd missed it. I guess if SHTF and I'm not watching TV (I watch TV practically never) or listening to the real radio (which is also never), I'm fucked! Or, really, I'm sure Twitter would have the news 15 minutes before EAS could get a signal going. That's where I'd look first anyway.

I did find this interesting, though. There were apparently an EAS signal carrying some garbled nonsense and/or music. This one I found has a guy saying "we are under alien attack". I'm thinking somebody's idea of a really bad joke. Can't imagine the number of panic modes who had 911 on speed dial. :P

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Post by Chris@MTCT » Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:56 pm

Horns and Desktop alerts on post today at 1300hrs. Was it a Eastern time thing?
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Re: First test of National Alert System

Post by Valarius » Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:07 pm

Apparently there was no alert, nor a damn thing. How are we supposed to bow before our alien overlords if people aren't told about them?

I'm emailing the stations to complain.
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I don't have a television and I don't listen to my car radio because it only gets one very awful local station.
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Re: First test of National Alert System

Post by phil_in_cs » Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:18 pm

gravediggerfour wrote:Horns and Desktop alerts on post today at 1300hrs. Was it a Eastern time thing?
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Re: First test of National Alert System

Post by phil_in_cs » Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:39 pm

Roughly two hours after the test occurred, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman released this statement to BusinessInsider.com:

“The weaknesses exposed by today’s test of the emergency alert system are unacceptable. Government and media carriers must work together to make sure the system does what it is intended to do, which is to transmit a nationwide message from the President in a crisis. I commend FEMA for carrying out this long-overdue, first-ever, nationwide test of the system. Without it, we would never have known the extent of the system’s vulnerabilities.”
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First test of National Alert System

Post by KodiakJack » Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:18 pm

Cancelled here in Alaska because of the storm the size of the lower-48.
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Re: First test of National Alert System

Post by Midian » Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:24 pm

Here the I-heart Radio had it at 3 min late, it had a good tone. The radio was about a minute later and the tone was soft until about half way through, then it got to full volume. I did not see any TV

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Re: First test of National Alert System

Post by Regulator » Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:51 pm

Who paid for this test? And who's gonna pay to fix it? And just why would anyone need to tell everyone in the entire mainland, Alaska, Hawaii and other territories something all at the same time?

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Re: First test of National Alert System

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Re: First test of National Alert System

Post by Rev » Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:56 pm

Regulator wrote:Who paid for this test? And who's gonna pay to fix it? And just why would anyone need to tell everyone in the entire mainland, Alaska, Hawaii and other territories something all at the same time?
Originally it was conceived for nuclear attack but bio terrorism and some rather uncommon natural disasters would also fit the bill.
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