November 11, 2011

Emergency Test Drill in the USA

Why now? 

In the name of improving Ameria's readiness to prepare for emergency situations, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched the 1st ever nation wide emergency alert system.  This test constituted a broadcast of a message across all media outlets including radio, tv, and internet. 

Is this a precursor for war?  The last time time something remotely like this, we were in the middle of the cold war, in terms of national broadcasting of warnings and widespread  precautionary measures performed by government bodies against unknown threats. 

From CNN:

When millions of Americans hear that warning at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, the words will sound familiar, but the occasion will be historic. It will mark the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, a system with Cold War roots that enables the president to address the American public within 10 minutes from any location at any time.

Although state and local communities regularly use the system to notify communities about tornadoes, child abductions and other events, all previous tests of the system have been local or regional, and involve the voluntary compliance of broadcasters. Wednesday's test is the first national test featuring a live "presidential" alert code, which instructs TV and radio stations that the alert takes priority over all other programming.

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