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    This Is a Test; This Is Only a Test

    There will be a test of the US's National Emergency Alert system on Wednesday, November 9th, at 2pm. So, like, don't freak out or anything.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics...eld-wednesday/

    The test will occur at 2 p.m. ET and will be carried on all broadcast television, radio stations and cable and satellite television systems in the U.S. and U.S. territories.
    This is the first nationwide test of the system. Enjoy!
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    Too bad I'll be at work and can't hear the test. Does this mean I'm screwed in the future?

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    Assuming it's at 2 pm EST, I will be in transit, on my way to Washington DC. I wonder if we will be told about it while in the air?

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    My town just used it's emergency notification system to text me about the test tomorrow. Geez!

    Despite all the notifications, I'm sure they'll be some folks who jump on 9-1-1 as if the Martians are landing.
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    When I was a kid in the 60's, those tests would scare me so bad. Everytime they came on, I was convinced that Soviet Union had a nuke on the way at that very moment.
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    Also growing up in the 50s and 60s, I always listened to what used to be called The Emergency Broadcast System, waiting for the words, "This is a test, this is only a test. In the event of a emergency your local station will have further instructions. This station serves the XXXXXXX area.”
    Then, after not hearing those for quite some time in the late 70s, early 80s, as I was driving to work, the damn alert goes off, followed by a loooonnnnggg pause. And my immediate thought was, Oh sh!t, they’ve launched!” But before I could turn round to head home to collect Mrs Reuven, they announced it was a weather warning. Since I had NEVER heard them use the system for a weather event, I think it was understandable this child of the Cold War was a little askeert at first.
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    in Denmark, going to scool in late 80's there were still a bomb-siren test every first wednesday of the month at noon.

    not that it would probably have helped much, after the fall of the East block I remeber reading that there were 56 neuclear warheads pointed at Denmark. Happy that the cold war stayed cold.

    on another note, I could not watch cable last night, stuck on the EAS screen

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    during the hurricane we had an emergency alert saying, "if you are outside, lay down." i am glad that everyone watching tv outside in the hurricane was prepared.
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    Our campus tested its emergency siren and public address system on Monday. They sent out an announcement in advance.

    I hope it doesn't turn into a War of the Worlds re-enactment.

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    We do evacuation drills at work. Everyone heads to the cafe for coffee. Which is on our complex and my first thought is if a fire was going to start then it would be in the cafe.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Willy View Post
    We do evacuation drills at work. Everyone heads to the cafe for coffee. Which is on our complex and my first thought is if a fire was going to start then it would be in the cafe.

    When we have evaculation drills at work, we have to go outside the building. Sometimes it gets annoying when it's very hot outside, like in summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Willy View Post
    We do evacuation drills at work. Everyone heads to the cafe for coffee. Which is on our complex and my first thought is if a fire was going to start then it would be in the cafe.
    Well, gotta check just to be sure. Oh, whilst we're here, coffee?
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    Reuven, don't forget "duck and cover".

    If you see the flash, get under your desk.......

    Boy were we ignorant in the 50s...

    I still remember the film clip that shows a young boy seeing the flash, hiding under the sports section of the NY Times...
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    How is this test different from the tests of the "emergency broadcast system" that are on ALL the time?


    Our city tests its tornado sirens the first monday of every month at 9:00. It used to be the 2nd of every month, so there was a bit of a scare when they changed it by people who don't read the newspaper/news online. I don't think they did a great job publicizing the change.

    When we have fire alarms we have to go outside too. SUCKS in the winter, especially if someone was just popping popcorn (not allowed, it sets the alarms off all the time. Every microwave has a "no popcorn" sign on it.) For tornado sirens we have to go sit in the hallway downstairs. Half of them have occured as I was walking out of work, and then I always call my husband to find out what part of the county the tornado is in (big county, but the alarm sounds for ALL of it) to see if I can go home rather than sit in a hallway for an hour (unpaid). I think they use the sirens too easily now. It used to mean "a tornado is on the ground", now it seems to mean "radar indicates we could have tornadic weather". They are beginning to cry wolf, and that makes them unsafe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skittl1321 View Post
    How is this test different from the tests of the "emergency broadcast system" that are on ALL the time?
    This is the first nationwide test, and as I understand it, I don't think it's going to say it's a test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GarrAarghHrumph View Post
    This is the first nationwide test, and as I understand it, I don't think it's going to say it's a test.
    It did end up saying it was only a test (plus there were ticker/verbal warnings just beforehand).

    Went on as scheduled on my NBC and two radio stations (local Philly and online from California) but from Twitter it doesn't sound like that was the case everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    When we have evaculation drills at work,
    Evaculation drills sound fun!!!

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    I had just arrived at the Motor Vehicle Bureau at 1:55 pm, so I missed the whole thing!

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    They didn't do the test on the station I was watching - a local commercial ran instead!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reuven View Post
    But before I could turn round to head home to collect Mrs Reuven, they announced it was a weather warning. Since I had NEVER heard them use the system for a weather event, I think it was understandable this child of the Cold War was a little askeert at first.
    When I was a DJ for the college radio station (in addition to being a news anchor) my broadcasts would often get interrupted by automatic EBS/EAS alerts, which were mostly tests, but sometimes included NWS weather alerts (thunderstorms, frost, winter weather warning, etc).

    When I lived in the Midwest a few years ago, there would also sometimes be EAS alerts for weather warnings (tornadoes) and, as a kid in New England, EBS would also come on if there was a hurricane warning (Gloria, Bob).

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