On November 9th, 2011 The federal government for the first time in history took over radio and television signals throughout the United States as part of their test of the new Emergency Alert System (EAS). The test was a complete failure.
Throughout the country people were either shown the wrong message, transferred to random television stations, or received their normal programming without interruption.
Before this first nationwide test, emergency alerts were controlled by local jurisdictions; they will now be controlled by the President himself with FEMA being responsible for sending out the EAS signals.
It’s good to know that our government and Homeland Security is so on top of this emergency preparedness thing.
A look at the EAS System’s 2011 Failed National Test
Here are some of the problems that were reported throughout the country.
Emergency Alert System test flawed by Audio Woes
Lady Gaga Broadcasted by DirectTV During the Test
And those that did hear the signal, reported hearing multiple messages or weird audio tones over the speaker that made it hard to understand the message.
You are on Your Own!
If you are one of those that thinks the government will be there for you during times of crisis, I have bad news for you; you are on your own!
I hope this will serve as a wake-up call of sorts. If the government can’t even send out a simple signal to the nation, in a day and age where everyone has access to the internet, cell phones, and technology that makes this old EAS system look like a joke, what do you think will happen during a real emergency?
EAS ALERT TO THE NATION
The real alert is the government is not ready! If this had been a real emergency, and you were counting on the government to help, you would be dead.
EAS Failure Reports
- Some areas of Southern California T.V. Broadcasts went dead for over 20 minutes
- Most areas of the country had a black screen.
- Many people are reporting that channels switched to a random channel and never switched back
- Some Time-Warner Cable customers are reporting that the test lasted for 25 minutes.
- Those that received the EAS Warnings reported overlapping signals, garbled unintelligible voices or completely different messages depending on what area of the country they lived in.
- Some DirecTV subscribers & Time Warner Cable customers are reporting that their T.V. played random pop songs during the test.