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Prodded by the alarm of the upcoming scheduled TEST of the NATIONAL ALERT SYSTEM, I found some helpful information on the FEMA website appropriate to a number of varied possible emergencies.

Plan & Prepare

At the Federal Communications Commission’s June 9, 2011 Agenda meeting, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Chief Jamie Barnett, joined by representatives from FEMA and the National Weather Service, announced that the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) would take place at 2:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on November 9, 2011. The purpose of the test is to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS as a public alert mechanism. EAS Participants currently participate in state-level monthly tests and local-level weekly tests, but no top-down review of the entire system has ever been undertaken. The Commission, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will use the results of this nationwide test to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS as a public alert mechanism, and will work together with EAS stakeholders(stakeholders? What’s this?) to make improvements to the system as appropriate.

My main concern about this is that I cannot think of a situation that might warrant the use of a NATIONAL alert system. This is a very large nation, and what effects the north usually doesn’t hit the south. What might threaten the East, usually doesn’t threaten the west. Short of another 9/11 type event … GOD FORBID … and even that didn’t much effect chaos in Alaska or Hawaii … or even much of the west coast. STATES (You remember, the 10th Amendment) should be the “Sovereign” entity in emergencies. They are certainly much closer to local issues, and more able to render the assistance appropriate for that situation in a timely manner.

Seems to me, just another power grab! Just sayin …

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