Did the national Emergency Alert System mistakenly play Lady Gaga? FEMA sent out a live emergency alert notification that was supposed to be accompanied by a 'this is only a test' disclaimer Wednesday. The disclaimer did not always happen. Some observers said they heard a Lady Gaga song instead.
It's starting to look like the system itself is a disaster.
Thu 10 Nov, 2011 11:10 am
It was over so fast I missed it entirely. What a ripoff.
Thu 10 Nov, 2011 07:59 pm
I'm not sure what anyone hopes to accomplish with the EBS anyway. How is that whining noise any more useful to me than all the news stations which will swarm on to any emergency story warranting the EBS anyway?
I think it's utterly useless and doomed to fail as well. I think ultimately they are trying to move onto a nationwide text (cell phone) system and other digital avenues beyond the radio and TV broadcasts. Not sure how this test will evolve and make that ambitious leap from traditional tech mediums to cell and smart phones.
Thu 10 Nov, 2011 11:26 pm
Not sure Ros, but they may take all the other stations off the air so noone can home in on the station. That used to be a major navagation aid to aircraft, and I don't suppose anyone updated the system just because missiles have different guidance systems systems than those used by aircraft forty years ago.