I’m not exactly sure why after all these years the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided they need to do a National Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. Some reports are stating the test won’t actually state “this is a test”. Again I’m not sure why that would be since this is usually how things are done. There is concern the three minute test could cause mass panic in the United States – for citizens who aren’t properly informed.
Adding to the confusion – this event will be held on a Wednesday instead of the normal first of the Month Tuesday. The normal Emergency Alert System (EAS) siren test took place earlier this week. Recently Comcast had been doing a lot of Emergency Alert System (EAS) testing – more so than usual at different times of day and night. I had questioned why this was taking place. Until now I didn’t have an answer to what might be going on. Comcast sent out an email to customers today detailing the upcoming event.
Supposedly a national test has never been done. Makes you wonder why all of a sudden this government agency needs to conduct a wide scale test. You’d think this would have been done years ago a few months after planes went crashing into buildings and the ground. Is there now some type of specific threat that has created a need to test the system nationally? Are there concerns that the alert system is aging and might not perform as expect? Or is this just a long overdue testing of capabilities to determine any weaknesses in the alert process?
I can see where even an informed public might have concerns as to why this is taking place now. Maybe all the current uprising events and small occupy camps have the government on edge. Then again maybe there is a specific threat the public isn’t being made aware of.
I’ve done some more reading – it seems the test will be conducted in normal fashion – any other suggestion must be Internet fear mongering. It also looks like the testing duration has been reduced from 3 minutes to only 30 seconds.
“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.”
An Emergency Action Notification (EAN) live-code will be used for the Test.
The test will last approximately 30 seconds.