Wednesday, November 9, 2011

FEMA Tests Emergency Alert System

Well the big test went down today for the Emergency Alert System, the first national test since the system was put in place years ago. According to the LA times, the emergency warning needs some fine tuning:

The first nationwide test of the emergency warning system failed to reach all television and radio stations in the country, but federal officials said they will make improvements.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, called weaknesses in the system exposed by the test "unacceptable."

You know what we really need to do? Scrap the whole damn project. If we can't get a simple 30 second warning message right after years of planning and God knows how many millions of dollars - AND add to that the fact that we've never needed to use it, let's save ourselves the trouble and money and ditch it altogether. Television and Radio are quickly becoming irrelevant as more and more people stay connected to what's going on via the internet and wireless communication devices. This whole project was a nice idea but this is just another example of the government fucking something up which should be incredibly easy to pull off. And I really don't think the Soviets are going to be invading us any time soon. I'm not sure what we're preparing for anyways, wasn't the mission accomplished on the war on terror? We can all relax now, right?

In case you missed, here's a clip of the National Emergency Broadcast test from earlier today:

They couldn't get any higher quality audio, or video for that matter? What's with the static and the text that looks like a screenshot captured from a computer in the 80s? This is what we've been planning for years? This doesn't need tweaking, it needs to be scrapped. We evidently didn't need this alert system for the 9-11 terror attacks, and if anything comes along that's a bigger deal than that we'll no doubt hear about it from other sources. Thanks for trying though.

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