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"The primary goal is to provide the President with a mechanism to communicate with the American public during times of national emergency," said Fowlkes. The change, she said, is that prior to last week's order there was no rule in place to call for or allow a test from top to bottom. Fowlkes said, "There's never been a test from top to bottom where it's issued by FEMA and it goes straight down to all the different levels of EAS to the American public. So this is a way for us to glean, okay, if there were an actual emergency and the federal government needed to activate the Presidential EAS, making sure that it actually works the way it's designed to."
Fowlkes said the CMAS is slated to begin deployment in April 2012.
Originally posted by JibbyJedi
If you haven't watched TV in months, why do you pay for cable TV?
Originally posted by mayabong
On the first monday of every month in Hawaii they test the Tsunami sirens. When I first got there I had no idea and thought a nuclear war was happening. A little off topic but reminded me of this.