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'This is a test' alert to take over TVs, radios Wednesday

Posted November 8, 2011

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— Television and radio stations across the nation will be interrupted for about 30 seconds Wednesday afternoon for a test of the Emergency Alert System.

The sound of tones and “This is a test” will be heard on almost every station at 2 p.m. Eastern time, marking the first-ever nationwide test of the system. Regular programming will resume once it’s over.

State Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell says the system allows federal officials to give the public direct information if there is an attack or some other national disaster. Wednesday's message is only a drill, but Raleigh's 911 center is bringing in extra help.

“There are the people (who) don't get the message (that it’s a test), so we will get calls,” said Kevin Anderson, with Raleigh-Wake 911 Emergency Communications Center.

A false alarm at the height of the Cold War in 1971 was the last time the Emergency Broadcast System was activated nationwide. Today, it's an automated system called the Emergency Alert System.

For about five minutes on a February morning in 1971, it appeared as though the world might be coming to an end. An urgent message came over the news wires: “This station has interrupted its regular program at the request of the United States government.”

The president was ordering radio and TV stations to stop normal broadcasting. It was a national emergency. A few tense minutes later, the announcer sounded the all-clear.

“The Air Force at Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado put the wrong message on tape,” the announcer said.

Federal officials are asking anyone watching TV or listening to the radio Wednesday to remember one thing: “Don’t stress, it’s only a test.”

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  • eyeoneastsky Nov 9, 2011

    There is a disaster looming. If there is war in the Middle East, the sea lanes and canals will be shut down and oil will not pass through to the nations. Wise people, keep your gas tank full and your cupboard full. No gas means no supplies get to the people. America's needs move by truck and plane and train. All use oil products. When the war starts this Gov will issue executive orders to control all of society and it's infrastructure. They will ration gas and food and power. That is the real reason they are testing the EAS at this time.That is what you will hear about when they comandeer the airwaves. Be prepared to shelter in place. Our whole way of life can be brought to a standstill in a heartbeat.Hear, understand and act accordingly.

  • jgordonfan Nov 9, 2011

    I thought that it was supposed to air on all cable channels also. The 'test' did not air on Fox News Channel. Wonder why.

  • eyeoneastsky Nov 9, 2011

    New Orleans is proof positive that the US Gov cannot and will not save us in times of peril. Look at all the patients in hospitals and nursing homes who died. Why weren't they evacuated? I'll tell you why. They were collateral damage and not worth the cost of saving.This is why people should stop fighting among themselves and start planning for every emergency. Families could have gotten together and plotted an escape route and had a money fund waiting in the bank. They could have driven right out of New Orleans and if all was destroyed, they could have started over. When you look to a Gov instead of to God, you will be let down.

  • buffalobills-last-roundup Nov 9, 2011

    " How many thousands of people claimed to have not been told to evacuate when Katrina cleaned up New Orleans."

    The key word is "claimed".

    Everyone on the planet with a television, radio or internet access knew Katrina was bad and it was headed straight for New Orleans.

    Forget being told to evacuate, common sense should tell you to get out while you could.

    It just goes to show how the population is brain washed. They are programmed to not do anything until they are told to by the government and never give it a second thought.

    "We are poor little lambs who have lost our way........bah, bah, bah."

  • kermit60 Nov 9, 2011

    Don't think it's necessary, think again. How many thousands of people claimed to have not been told to evacuate when Katrina cleaned up New Orleans.

  • eyeoneastsky Nov 9, 2011

    I wonder what the message would be if there were nuclear missles headed this way. " Ladies and Gentlemen, in thirty minutes 50 Nuclear missles will bombard this country. Please get under your desk and put your hands on your head and kiss your....well, you know the rest. I mean really people, there is no valid reason for our Government to comandeer the airwaves. The News Media in this country has always been sufficient to get out the 'need to know' news.

  • buffalobills-last-roundup Nov 9, 2011

    nclissy79

    what is your problem?

    Don't start nothin, won't be nothin.

    But if you do want to start a verbal sparring match, just remember, Captain Insano shows no mercy.

  • nclissy79 Nov 9, 2011

    buffalobills-last-roundup
    uh, the reason was to have a simultaneous broadcast announcement from coast to coast. The first one ever. You know - in case people start dropping bombs, or another asteroid is heading right towards us.

    "allows federal officials to give the public direct information if there is an attack or some other national disaster." Go back and read the story.

  • buffalobills-last-roundup Nov 9, 2011

    "The government doesn't want people to actually use their brain. It's a lot easier for them if everyone mindlessly follows everything that they are told to."

    No more callers please, we have a winner.

  • missdawg Nov 9, 2011

    "We need to buy some brains for ourselves!"
    eyeoneastsky

    The government doesn't want people to actually use their brain. It's a lot easier for them if everyone mindlessly follows everything that they are told to.

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