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Emergency Alert System classics and “what ifs”

First nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System at 2 pm Eastern

Memorable Miscues:

1971 Fort Wayne mistaken alert – WOWO Radio

Code Word “Hatefulness”: The Great EBS Scare of 1971

On the morning of Saturday, February 20, 1971, Wayland S. Eberhardt, a civilian teletype operator, was going about his routine duties at the National Emergency Warning Center at Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado.

One of the functions of “the Mountain” during this era was to send out the weekly Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) test directive to the nation’s radio and television stations. They were, of course, also responsible for sending out the real warning. When stations received these messages they compared it against a card to determine what action to take

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2007 Chicago mistakeWBBN

On June 26, 2007, the EAS in Illinois was activated at 7:35AM CDT and issued an Emergency Action Notification Message for the United States. This was followed by dead air and then WGN-AM (720) radio (the station designated to simulcast the alert message) being played on almost every television and radio station in the Chicago area and throughout much of Illinois.

The accidental EAN activation was caused when a government contractor installing a new satellite receiver as part of a new national delivery path incorrectly left the receiver connected and wired to the state EOC's EAS transmitter before final closed circuit testing of the new delivery path had been completed.

The EAS experience

There is a YouTube site that collects and share EAS announcements: The EAS Experience

Memphis 2011 flood warning

BBC Post Nuclear Attack Instructions

25 years ago, the BBC drafted a statement to be broadcast in the event of nuclear attack.

We asked Harry Shearer, the voice of The Simpsons' newsreader Kent Brockman, to offer us his interpretation of the statement. So he did it in the style of seminal 1970s newscaster Walter Cronkite… and here's the result.

What if …

FAKE Alert for a Nuclear Attack

 

BBC Coverage of a FAKE Nuclear Attack

 

Mike "FossilMedic" Ward

Comments - Add Yours

  • Dal90

    2/1/2005…Connecticut EAS was activated with the simple message, “Evacuate Connecticut.”

    While it’s likely this was a quickly contained Zombie outbreak at the Yale biology labs in New Haven, the official explanation was — almost identically to the ’71 CONELRAD incident where real and test tapes where stored adjacent to each other — that CT DEMHS had a useless button “Evacuate Connecticut” located next to the “Test EAS” button…and someone clicked the wrong one.