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Along with its capability of providing an emergency message to the entire nation simultaneously, the EAS allows authorized state and local authorities to quickly distribute important local emergency information. A state emergency manager can use the EAS to broadcast a warning from one or more major radio stations in a particular state. EAS equipment in other radio and television stations, as well as in cable television systems in that state, can automatically monitor and rebroadcast the warning.
The statewide EAS Network disseminates warnings and/or instructions from the governor or his/her designated representative during threats or emergencies affecting one or more counties within the state. The statewide network may also be activated by the National Weather Service Forecast Office to disseminate weather or tsunami related watches or warnings.
May be activated by either of two agencies in response to actual or potentially hazardous conditions:
The governor or his/her designee, the Director of Civil Defense, may activate the EAS upon determination that sufficient danger exists to pose a threat to the safety of life and property in one or more counties. Coordinated use of the siren warning system with the EAS will occur when required.
The NWS will issue advisories, watches and warnings when adverse weather conditions are expected to impact all or a portion of the state. The NWS in Hawaii operates the local portion of the NOAA Weather Radio (VHF) system, and generates Specific Area Message Encoding messages for required events. SAME encoded messages use common protocols and event codes with the EAS, so that any SAME message will be decoded by EAS encoders/decoders at all broadcast/cable provider locations. Only those SAME encoded messages listed in Attachment E are to be programmed to activate the EAS.
Oh dude it was crazy. I was on base and people were running around and driving around like maniacs, wives were crying while in cars. J*** was at the hotel still and people were freaking out running through the halls.
originally posted by: Indrasweb
You know what strikes me about this; the absolute lack of a response from the people filming the videos etc.
If this was real, they're all dead..
Stood looking gormlessley at the TV screen, through the screen of their mobile phone, mindlessly recording the voice blaring out of the TV telling them there's a good chance they're about to be vaporised....
The fact that there was such an ORDERLY almost NUMB response to this is worrying to me.. are people that desensitized?
Jeez.. war of the worlds, a radio show about Martians shooting death rays ffs, sent people into an absolute blind panic.
Fast forward 80 years and here we have a clearly official announcment from the government that you're about to be hit by a freaking ICBM and people are watching the #ing tv?
originally posted by: Sillyolme
a reply to: lokomai
They knew immediately that a mistake had been made but had no way of cancelling the alert banners that went to phones.
The tv message apparently was corrected within fifteen minutes but the cell phone alert took longer.
Says the guy from Hawaii on tv who just happens to be named Mr. Miyagi.
originally posted by: butcherguy
I saw some of my friends in Hawaii posted that it took 38 minutes for the word to be sent out that it was a false alert.