Were this a real emergency, you would hear…
or, maybe you wouldn’t.
I’m sure you are familiar with the Emergency Alert System (EAS). These interruptions show up on radio and television periodically, with a loud high pitched sound, followed up by a voice telling you…this is only a test, and were it a real emergency…
FEMA today conducted its first ever nationwide test of the EAS at 2 pm. In theory, wherever you were in the country, and whatever you were listening to, would be interrupted by the aforesaid high pitched sound, and a message.
In practice, however, it didn’t work. This from CBS News:
… it appears there were problems with the audio message. Some viewers reported seeing the alert, however, several radio listeners reported hearing nothing but dead air for 30 seconds. Others reported hearing a garbled message.
The extent of the problem is not known as “participants” have 45 days to report to FEMA the results of the test.
But, here is what I know. EAS has been in place for decades. FEMA scheduled the test weeks ago so every station knew their broadcasting would be interrupted at 2 pm today.
And it still didn’t work.
Not to worry, though I am confident that the government will be able to run our nation’s health care system smoothly and efficiently…giving each”participant” 45 days to report their own death.
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