Monday, November 7, 2011

Wednesday's national emergency broadcast test ...

From TomTaylor:

FCC and FEMA hope stations will educate listeners about Wednesday’s National EAS Test.

Though we can already predict there will be some "War of the Worlds 2011"-type headlines, right? Remember that the estimated time required for the test has been trimmed back from three minutes to 60 seconds or less, per last week’s decision by Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano. There’s plenty of background about the 2pm Eastern Time event on the Engineering Board of – including the fact that some radio folks have been suggesting it since 1991, and that a first-ever national test was recommended to FEMA and the FCC years ago by the industry group “PEPAC.”

That’s the Primary Entry Point Administrative Council, and their formal recommendation was submitted in 2008, during the second term of President George W. Bush. The FCC says the idea is to identify weak points in the system, so they can be fixed.

The EBS Goof of 1971.

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