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Originally posted by twitchy
Pushed the wrong button huh? That just doesn't sound right guys. , but an actual warning, like an evacuation order, IS NOT a button kind of thing. Warnings aren't keyed up ready for broadcast, they are individually created and issued. As my understanding of the system goes, there's no way a 'wrong' button push leads to an evacuation order on the system without being initiated intentionally.
[edit on 2-2-2005 by twitchy]
Originally posted by The Vagabond
The FCC regulations on EAS (EBS) messages are public. I've only skimmed a few parts so far, but there is a "preamble" apparently transmitted which specifies the Originating Authority, the Nature of the Emergency, and the Geographic Area.
If anyone has screenshots or recording of the announcement or can find the coded preamble we can see how many mistakes there are in it.
I can also say for certain according to this guide that the messages themselves are not standardized. Because the message has to combine all the specific data from the preamble in real words it most likely has to be created from scratch.
At a glance it seems VERY unlikely this was a mistake, but with this manual we can probably determine to a certainty.
Edit: Is anyone else bothered by the incredible lack of detail in the story? It doesn't quote the message, or give really any information at all other than that the system ordered an evacuation then the governor said "no dont evacuate". Something smells.
[edit on 2-2-2005 by The Vagabond]
Originally posted by ben91069
Perhaps they were testing how much paranoia was present to see how the populace would react? Yes, I believe it is to prepare the gov for martial law, or the opening up about aliens - that could be it.
Originally posted by twitchy
Pushed the wrong button huh? That just doesn't sound right guys...
Originally posted by MemoryShock
BTW, if it was a button mistake, we have are culprit............FredT's mini-profile exclaims how Button Clicky he is!!!!!! Why did you do it FredT, was it for the attention? I swear I'll start reading your posts!!!
Originally posted by dalepmay
So what happens when more and more of these "mistakes" happen, and eventually people start to ignore the orders to evacuate, then the government decides to test some new weapon out on a city/state that it doesn't like, or stage a terrorist attack, and they use the excuse "Hey, we told you to evacuate, it's not our fault you didn't listen."?
The terse message sent viewers running for their telephones - police reported calls from the curious and the panicked - but it failed to set off a noticeable exodus into Massachusetts, Rhode Island or New York.
Civil authorities have issued an immediate evacuation order for all of Connecticut, beginning at 2:10 p.m. and ending at 3:10 p.m."
Originally posted by phreak_of_nature
And again, to confirm what everyone has said, this is not just a bad button clicky. These coded messages have to be decoded before broadcast. While I haven't ever seen it personally, perhaps some broadcast outlets have an automated system to do this, that reads in a parses the line, then creates a message from stock warning messages based on the type of alert. If they have a bug in their parser, and it grabbed the wrong preprogrammed message that could be a possibility.
But the article at the Courant describes the procedure used there as a manual one.
Originally posted by AlwaysLearning
Good detective work...I bet we won't too soon find out the real reason for why it happened, but as you say, not just bad button clicky.
Did you check out that info that George provided about coast to coast a.m.? They mention the false alarm there.