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Reminder: First Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test At 2:00 PM Eastern

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As a reminder in 20 minutes we will have the first ever Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test. Just in case, you know, the internet fails and various websites can not be accessed after the test...

Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test Introduction

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will conduct the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test on November 9, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

FEMA, the FCC, and NOAA’s vision for improving the EAS is incremental, which means testing the readiness and effectiveness of the EAS as it currently exists today is the first step. A more effective and functional EAS requires continual testing to identify necessary improvements so that all levels of the system can better serve our communities and deliver critical information that will save lives and property.

EAS Participants provide a critical public service to the nation as the resilient backbone of alert and warning when all other means of communication are unavailable. EAS Participants include all broadcasters, satellite and digital radio and television, cable television and wireline video providers who ensure the system is at a constant state of readiness.

The nationwide EAS Test is not a pass or fail measure, nor will it specifically test Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) compliant equipment (although CAP compliant equipment should pass the Emergency Action Notification [EAN] live-code in the same manner as legacy EAS equipment).

FEMA and its federal partners understand that improving the EAS is a process that takes time. IPAWS has compiled experiential lessons learned and best practices from the Alaska EAS Tests in 2010 & 2011 as well as through the EAS rebuilding effort and tsunami live-code test in the U.S. Virgin Islands (located in the EAS Tests and Demonstrations section).  Laboratory research is also being conducted at IPAWS.

IPAWS, in coordination with the FCC, is continually engaging the EAS Community through many activities, including information updates, workshops, roundtables, webinars, and on-site State and local EAS demonstrations to continue a solutions-oriented dialogue. IPAWS has also developed an external idea sharing website, A National Dialogue on the Emergency Alert System to discuss best practices and lessons learned from the EAS Community on a variety of topics that will support discussions during webinar and roundtable events.   

The alert and warning landscape is in an important state of transition; from the current system of radio, television, cable, satellite, and wireline broadcast media-based alerting to a future system that integrates new technologies for a more universal access to alert and warning messages. Future testing of the EAS will assess the effectiveness and reliability of other technologies to achieve the ultimate goal of timely alert and warning to American public in the preservation of life and property.

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Nationwide EAS Test Reminders


  • An Emergency Action Notification (EAN) live-code will be used for the Test.
  • The test will last approximately 30 seconds.
  • The Washington D.C. FIPS code will be used for the Test.
  • An End of Message (EOM) will be used to close the EAN (an Emergency Action Termination will NOT be used).
  • You should have at least two monitoring sources (review your State EAS Plan).
  • NOAA Weather Radio will NOT carry the EAN- check with your SECC/LECC for monitoring sources.
  • The Test will NOT use a CAP message nor evaluate CAP compliance.
  • The National Weather Service is rescheduling their Required Weekly Test for Tuesday November 8th.
  • If you do not have a PEP source, you may be able to monitor your local National Public Radio member station (contact NPR Headquarters).
  • Properly configure your EAS Device (see the EAS Best Practices Guide in the handouts section and visit the EAS Device manufacturer website)

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Nationwide EAS Test Frequently Asked Questions

The national-level EAS leverages the communications support of all participating analog and digital radio, television, cable, satellite, and wireline providers (also known as EAS Participants) through specialized EAS equipment. A single, live-code alert, called the Emergency Action Notification, (EAN) is sent simultaneously to Primary Entry Point (PEP) stations across the country. PEP stations are designated to relay national alerts to the public and other stations in their coverage area. Local Primary (LP-1) EAS Participants monitor the PEP stations and other sources for an EAS message. Other EAS Participating stations also monitor at least two sources (in most cases the PEP and LP-1 stations) to receive the EAS message, and broadcast the message to the public in their area.

Has there ever been an activation of the national-level EAS?

Although the EAS is frequently used by State and local governments to send weather alerts and other emergencies, there has never been a national activation of the system. The purpose of the November 9, 2011 Test is to assess the readiness and effectiveness of the current system and identify incremental improvements to better serve our communities in the preservation of life and property.

Why test the national-level EAS?

FCC’s Part 11 Rules require EAS Participants to regularly test the system on a weekly and monthly basis, called required monthly and required weekly tests. Although the EAS has been in existence for over 15 years, a nationwide test of the system has never occurred. FEMA and federal partners are working with the EAS Community to assess if the national-level system will work as designed should officials ever need to send a national alert. A simultaneous test can provide an accurate picture of the current state of the system and the improvements necessary for a more reliable and resilient EAS.

Who will conduct a nationwide EAS Test?

The nationwide EAS Test will be conducted jointly by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS). The three federal partners have EAS management roles. FEMA is the lead agency in all operational and management functions of the EAS, developing national alert and warning capabilities, and integrating new technologies. The FCC is an independent agency that grants licenses, and presides over EAS rules and the rulemaking process, enforces rules, and handles test reporting data directly from EAS Participants. FCC rules regulate the transmission of EAS alerts. The NWS is a key player in the dissemination of local warnings via the EAS.

Will an Emergency Action Termination (EAT) message be used?

An EAT will not be used during the Test. An End of Message (EOM) will be sent to return the station to regular programming.

What FIPS code will be used during the Test?

For the Test, the Washington, D.C. FIPS code will be used. Most EAS devices forward the EAN with the DC FIPS code. FEMA only originates an EAN with the Washington, D.C. FIPS code.

Will FEMA and the FCC specifically test for Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) compliance?

The first nationwide EAS Test will not specifically test for CAP compliance, however CAP enabled EAS equipment should receive and relay the EAN in the same manner as legacy EAS equipment. Future tests of the EAS will incrementally integrate other technologies after we assess the current state of the system.

Will NOAA Weather Radio carry the Test? 

NOAA Weather Radio will not transmit the EAS Test.  There is currently no mechanism to transport this type of message to NWR transmitters.  Additionally, the Test will use the EAN code where the audio message exceeds the two minute audio time limit allowed by Specific Area Messaging Encoding (SAME) and the EAS.

How can EAS Participants prepare for the Test?

FEMA and the FCC will work to provide equipment installation, operation, and configuration technical assistance, best practices, and a variety of other engagement activities with EAS participants to continue the dialogue of incremental improvements to the system. On June 9th, FEMA, the FCC and EAS Community Leaders and Experts participated in a virtual roundtable discussion on how to improve and prepare EAS Participants for the upcoming Test to support a best practice guide. FEMA and the FCC will continually improve the best practice guide in future roundtable and webinars and events (please see the Event Calendar for upcoming activities).

What will people hear and see during the Test?

During the test, listeners will hear a message indicating that “This is a test.” Although the EAS Test may resemble the periodic, monthly EAS tests that most Americans are already familiar with, there will be some differences in what viewers will see and hear. The audio message will be the same for all EAS Participants; however, due to limitations in the EAS, the video test message scroll may not be the same or indicate that “This is a test.” This is due to the use of the live EAN code – the same code that would be used in an actual emergency. The text at the top of the television screen may indicate that an “Emergency Action Notification has been issued.” This notification is used to disseminate a national alert and in this case, the test. In addition, the background image that appears on video screens during an alert may indicate that “This is a test,” but in some instances there might not be an image at all.

There are several limitations to the current EAS for individuals with access and functional needs. FEMA and the FCC are committed to providing organizations and the EAS community with information well in advance of the Test. FEMA and the FCC will further engage the EAS community to better understand the wide range of information and access needs in preparation for the national EAS. IPAWS has been performing outreach to access and functional needs organizations in several different forums, including working groups and roundtables led by the FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, with representation from multiple FEMA program offices, other Department of Homeland Security components, and other Federal Departments and Agencies.

How long will the Test last?

The test will last for approximately 30 seconds.

Why is the Test being conducted at this particular date and time?

The November 9 date is near the end of hurricane season and before the severe winter weather season. The 2 p.m. Eastern broadcast time will minimize disruption during rush hours, while ensuring that the test can occur during normal business hours across several time zones.


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Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:43 | 1861926 HelluvaEngineer
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I can't wait to see Big Sis' face on my TV screen as the anthem plays in the background!

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:44 | 1861959 nope-1004
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The American anthem?  Or the one where Obummer was born?


Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:46 | 1861970 camaro68ss
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When big sis says "dont panic, this is only a test" Its time to panic! lol

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:48 | 1861999 Ahmeexnal
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like the tests that were being carried out during 9/11?
like the tests that were being carried out during the London bombings?
like the tests that were being carried out when Breivik pulled his stunt?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 17:40 | 1863155 mkkby
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Does it include smoke signals?  I'm wondering how I'll get the message when an EMP has taken out my radio, TV and internet.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:49 | 1862006 Conrad Murray
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Remember to avoid watching TV, listening to the radio, etc while the test is going on. More mind control than usual will be taking place.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:57 | 1862019 hedgeless_horseman
Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:17 | 1862133 TruthInSunshine
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This is just a test, and only a test.

In the case of a true emergency, there won't be any such notification, and you can tell that there's a disaster because your ass will be smoking while we focus every resource on getting the unelected shadow government to Cheyenne Mountain so that we can quickly admit them entry and lock the facility down as tight as a drum before the bare threaded, starving masses start showing up.

It sucks to not be a COG in the wheel.

You're on your own, bitchez.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:13 | 1862242 SilverIsKing
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Did the test cover all 57 states?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:22 | 1862333 TruthInSunshine
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Yes, and the U.S. Territories of the Bahamas, Jamaica, Antigua, Trinidad & Winnebago, too.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:37 | 1862438 mophead
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Has there ever been an activation of the national-level EAS?


Why test the national-level EAS?

Because we want to scare the hell out of the American people.

Who will conduct a nationwide EAS Test?

The CIA, Al-Qaeda, and certain Right-Wing Republicans who stand for the Military Industrial Complex.

Will an Emergency Action Termination (EAT) message be used?

There will be secrete subliminal messages, of course.

What FIPS code will be used during the Test?

Who cares, we want to scare everyone.

Will FEMA and the FCC specifically test for Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) compliance?

We'll comply with whatever we want.

Will NOAA Weather Radio carry the Test?

No, but speaking about the weather, HAARP is ready to go.

How can EAS Participants prepare for the Test?

Cuddle up in a fetal position.

What will people hear and see during the Test?

A bunch of weird noises and a song from Black Sabbath: WAR PIGS.

How long will the Test last?

As long as it takes to scare the hell out of everyone.

Why is the Test being conducted at this particular date and time?

Because we're going to start World War III. Ultimately, we will be fighting against the Russians, Chinese, and North Korea, while Israel fights against Iran and other Middle Eastern countries.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:29 | 1862385 grok
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I just woke up, what'd I miss?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:55 | 1862058 Dr. Richard Head
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While waiting in line for a TSA "Freedom Touch" Janet Napolitano came onto the screen of an over-head TV.  The "See something say something" campaign was being promoted by her.  After she asked for us to say something if we see something I blurted out, rather loudly, "I see something, Ms. Napolitano looks conspicuously like a man."  The laughter of the crowd around me was funnier than my comment.  Ad hominem attacks are fun from time-to-time.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:58 | 1862084 Note to self
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Is there anything more clever and hilarious than making people's names into funny sort-of-sound-alike words?  Oh yes, puns,  Those are even funnier.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:52 | 1862028 Piranhanoia
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Time for a new anthem, the old one doesn't apply any more.  It was about freedom.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:59 | 1862090 Dr. Richard Head
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I have new words. This way we can keep the tune -


Oh say can you see TSA touching me
As they fondle my balls with our rights slowly fleeting
With blue shirts and black boots
Take away all my rights
With no shoes and no belt
TSA perverts feeling
Touching my pubic hair
Fingers in underwear
We all are suspects with the terrorists winning
Oh say does that TSA agent care
For the land of the thief and the home of the slave

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:55 | 1861930 Deadpool
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is this some nationalization of the cable companies or something?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:43 | 1861939 ZerOhead
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Internet fails?

Now why would an unlikely thing like that ever happen?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:45 | 1861965 Jonas Parker
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As long as the DHS goons stay the hell off the amateur radio bands...

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:46 | 1861968 0cz
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And all of the sudden every America spontaneously supports war with Iran after this test.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:49 | 1862016 john39
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funny.  you have to be suspicious about what these assholes are up to with this....

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:47 | 1861977 Mutatto
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Bullish....I know this because it's during market hours.


Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:47 | 1861979 pods
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They are merely warming up the system to broadcast the Two Minutes Hate.


Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:47 | 1861984 Deadpool
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will it interfere with Rachel Ray?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 16:33 | 1862811 andybev01
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If it dose they can leave it running.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:48 | 1861988 iLoveMisesToPieces
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How hilarious would it be to swap out the recording with something like:  "We've declared marshal law, please wait for an escort to the nearest death, er FEMA camp".

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:48 | 1861993 sabra1
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market crashes, everyone long has their stops run through! that is why all shorts were taken out!

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:48 | 1861996 alien-IQ
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oh this should be orgasmagorically fun.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:52 | 1861997 Dr. Engali
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Test my ass. It's a test for them for when they want to shut down the flow of information. I hope , for those of you who aren't prepared, that you do so very soon.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:59 | 1862030 seek
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Which is why they're leaving off the EAT code on transmission. That's the code that causes the automatic equipment to tune back to normal programming. This is the wierdest part about this test.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:48 | 1862000 El Gordo
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I'm unpluggin everything right now.  Better to remain ignorant.  Wonder how many emergencies Mr. O with come up with to get his mug out there for election season.  What a real farce we have here now. 

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:48 | 1862001 stateside
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Is this where the first ever subliminal broadcast occurs where we are all told to buy US stocks even if we have to go on margin?


Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:55 | 1862002 Mercury
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 On June 9th, FEMA, the FCC and EAS Community Leaders and Experts participated in a virtual roundtable discussion on how to improve and prepare EAS Participants for the upcoming Test to support a best practice guide. FEMA and the FCC will continually improve the best practice guide in future roundtable and webinars and events (please see the Event Calendar for upcoming activities).

Well then I guess we don't need to see the test results to know that we're all fucked.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:49 | 1862004 Cone of Uncertainty
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This is a test, and only test.

Now, bend over and take it sheep, I'm your master overlord, Ben BerBlanco.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:49 | 1862007 Piranhanoia
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Gee,  we went back to the future.  Should we get under our desks?   Should we all call the police about anyone the wrong color?  If we cover our eyes will we get our retina's back?

it was fucking stupid in the 50's and 60's.  It is laughable now.  These are the stations that don't have people running them any longer.  Thank your NAB and their lobbying to destroy local TV and radio. 

You have to pay a subscription fee to get emergency warnings now.  Wonder who collects the fee?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:11 | 1862223 Dr. Richard Head
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There was a turtle by the name of Burt and Burt the turtle was very alert.  When danger threatened he never got hurt, he knew just what to do -

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:49 | 1862015 JPM Hater001
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Thank you...I almost missed the practice drill for the end of the world.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:50 | 1862017 Johnny Yuma
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It's just Skynet readying their global take over... This is just a test... For now...

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:54 | 1862023 Odin
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Edit: Duck, and cover. Duck, and cover.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:52 | 1862029 Taterboy
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This in case the astroid that missed us decides to turn around and come back at us.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:52 | 1862033 LongSoupLine
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Why is the Test being conducted at this particular date and time?


Because the shitstorm we, the government, created is coming.



fixed it using disinformation filters.



Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:53 | 1862036 junkyardjack
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They will alert us that our money is now gone

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 16:57 | 1862930 Hayabusa
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They will inform us that they have changed the rules of the game and repeat the phrase "resistance is futile."

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:53 | 1862038 Thorny Xi
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The most overhyped 30 seconds in history .. and BTW, the keywords NOAA and NWS are wrong - they're not involved in this test. 

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:53 | 1862039 Clay Hill
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IP address bookmarked.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:05 | 1862157 Carlyle Groupie
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Lolz. Website Value* 1.25. Imagine if Reggie was not here it would only be worth prolly 250K.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:19 | 1862302 Panafrican Funk...
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I particularly like that Tampa, FL is one of the largest daily visitor cities for ZH.  That's just fun.  Go Tampa!

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:53 | 1862045 faustian bargain
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Duck and Cover! Duck and Cover!

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:54 | 1862048 Alcoholic Nativ...
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This is outragous, I gotta get my fill of the Maurry show and Jerry springer in the daytime.  This thing better not last long.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:56 | 1862070 TuesdayBen
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This is such a good and great thing.  Gawd I lub me some BigGubmint.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:57 | 1862075 bill1102inf
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The markets dont likeee

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:12 | 1862227 junkyardjack
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Can't cut the HFT Algos off from their bloodline.  I think they just defaulted to the assumption that the Euro collapsed.  Don't worry they'll be back up and pumping into close

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:57 | 1862076 FubarNation
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Wonder if the hft algos will know it is just a test?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:58 | 1862081 wang (not verified)
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funny until phase 3 when everything from mobile to desktop will be participating

For all you Apple worshipers out there Old Stevie (RIP) had a vision of the future all right



Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:59 | 1862089 SamAdams1234
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And now a test of the Emergency Broadcast system:


Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:59 | 1862101 Taterboy
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Wait a minute! Will they interrupt CNBC? How will I get my vital information?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:00 | 1862103 Bolweevil
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good times.


Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:00 | 1862107 Zymurguy
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1 min to go Bitchez!

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:01 | 1862110 chaartist
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this is bad, Iran, Fukushima, National Face Recognition Program, Christmas Tree Tax, Italy out, Greece out, France out, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, North Korea ''threat'', Greek Barter shops, Robot Markets /not so today../, Margin Changes like on rolecoster, All major bank underwater, IMF for laugh, not to tell ECB, Swiss business asociation asking for christmas EURCHF ped, Japan neverending intervention story as a gift to lost nation after fukushima, Sharkozy absolutely insane with nothing on hand, Merkel desperate, clueless and gone forever, German people absolutely against EURo, Marks printed, UK QEs like nothing happens market does not care, China desperately buying gold, Saudi Arabia praying for war so they can sell more pricey oil and bribe their own people...nobel price awards for invading countries and killing their heads..we are close

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 16:38 | 1862845 andybev01
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Portugal Ireland Italy Greece Spain...France UK and Euro.


Put them all together and what do you get?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:02 | 1862119 walcott
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nothing here.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:06 | 1862153 JohnG
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My radio never blinked.  Nothing.


Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:15 | 1862250 squidward
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yep, nothing on nick Jr pre-empting yo gabba gabba.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:06 | 1862127 Crispy
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And where was the "emergency broadcast signal" on 9/11/01? I see it works here on 11/09/11 though....coincidence in numbers?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:03 | 1862130 bill1102inf
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Did you guys all make it through??? Hello??? Anyone left?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:03 | 1862135 digalert
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Does FEMA pay for the lost valuable, commercial advertising?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:04 | 1862143 Ralph Spoilsport
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Sounds like they screwed it up on AM radio at least. Voiceover was playing mixed with alarm sounds so you couldn't understand what the droid was saying.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 17:00 | 1862938 Hayabusa
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The govnt screwed something up?  Astonishing!

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:06 | 1862156 hedgeless_horseman
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Holy shit!  I count two Chem Trails in the sky!!!!!!!!!!

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:05 | 1862163 s2man
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that was the worst sounding test Ive ever heard.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:19 | 1862249 Dr. Engali
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Don't worry soon that sound will be replaced with a soothing voice telling you to remain calm and stay were you are.  Logan 7 you have been chosen for renewal.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:06 | 1862164 Seasmoke
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that was quick and 4yo boys didnt even have time to complain that Good Luck Charlie was off the air

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:07 | 1862188 reload
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Meltdown -- ha ha

so you like to be long stocks in the afternoon now BAC?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:08 | 1862194 reload
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Meltdown -- ha ha

so you like to be long stocks in the afternoon now BAC?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:09 | 1862195 Absinthe Minded
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NH here, never saw shit. I guess we're on the too small to bother with list.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:10 | 1862212 seek
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Oh man, that did not go well here, sounded like a couple copies of the alert playing at the same time.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:16 | 1862267 Ralph Spoilsport
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That's what I heard also. The morning show hosts on our local AM station sounded like they were totally against the test in the first place. It's possible it was sabotaged by certain license holders fed up with being pushed around. Hope so.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:12 | 1862229 bankruptcylawyer
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come in , roger , come in .
my name is john conner i am safe and alive on the 23rd floor of this skynet scraper is anyone out ther, roger out

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:17 | 1862285 blu
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I'll be hiding under my desk.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:20 | 1862308 mossme89
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Was on both TV and radio in my area. Here's a video I took, test starts right at 2:00 mark.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:28 | 1862374 anonymike
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nothing on Tulsa area Cox Cable. Suppose the goons will be hauling them off to a FEMA camp shortly for non-compliance

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 19:31 | 1863635 BooMushroom
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Good thing there were not any specific instructions relayed - the audio was crap.  Same thing in CA on two radio stations I checked.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:21 | 1862318 TruthInSunshine
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It's comforting to know that they can't even get a nationwide emergency alert done correctly, these stupendous geniuses, these.

Effective, efficient allocation of taxdollars at work, case example XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXVIII.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:22 | 1862327 anonymike
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stocks followed the plan; new low at 2; but no 2:03.5 stick save; PPT floundering...

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:40 | 1862475 mrdenis
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OH MY what happens if we FAIL ? ....or will this test me marked on a curve ?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 15:40 | 1862479 mrdenis
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OH MY what happens if we FAIL ? ....or will this test me marked on a curve ?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 16:41 | 1862861 andybev01
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The Chinese kid will ruin it for everybody.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 16:05 | 1862639 Hoody Who
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I was watching Fox Business on Dish Satellite, and whats her name, Shabony Jose or something like that, said there will be a test now.  There was no test on Dish, I went to other channels, no test.  Total failure in Louisiana.

Thats nice that state run TV & Radio failed.  I do not like gubment control. 

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 16:19 | 1862720 Spore
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Monitored several TV stations in my area. No test happened......Auburn Ca

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 16:26 | 1862766 Shadowsil
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Probably canceled due to the market chaos atm...

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 16:33 | 1862807 Winston Smith 2009
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The test worked in my area.  But why did the message scrolling across the screen read:


Wed, 11/09/2011 - 16:42 | 1862869 Winston Smith 2009
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Breaking: Emergency Alert System Test Fails

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 16:54 | 1862913 Blkhat117
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This is a test it is only a test if this have been a real emergency a government issued "SHTF" code would have been used following an immediate announcement telling you that you're  fucked and on your own. 

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 16:56 | 1862928 cranky-old-geezer
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Local branch of my bank is closed.  They're there but they have a sign on the door saying their computer system is down.  First time it's ever happened.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 17:07 | 1862970 hivekiller
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Remember that no matter what happens, a shower curtain and duct tape will protect you.

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 17:23 | 1863058 PaJoad
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Question for Tyler(s):
Let's suppose the SHTF. Let's suppose TPTB call a banking holiday & OWS goes ballistic gets really heavy out there and TPTB decide it's time to shut down the Internet. How do we get our ZH information? A techie type person asked me if ZH had a system in place for a broad swath of faxes to be sent out in order to distribute critical info? Modern day smoke signals...we'd need to know where to go, who might have short wave radio capabilities etc etc. I would imagine the phone (hence fax) system would be last to get shut down. Anyone else have such paranoid thoughts or perhaps less than complete faith in our gov't to look out for our best interests?

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