History Main / EmergencyBroadcast

31st Jan '16 11:28:25 PM PatPayne
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On occasion, computer glitches or human error resulted in incidents where emergency alerts were issued accidentally. One egregious example occurred with the older Emergency Broadcast System in 1971, when a clerk intending to send out a routine test alert to all radio stations in the network accidentally loaded a Telex program tape that included the codeword "hatefulness," which was the code signal to the stations that a nuclear attack or other catastrophic emergency had been confirmed and that they were to immediately issue an on-air alert and suspend operations or remain on the air, but broadcasting only important news or survival information pertaining to the emergency. Even worse, a retraction message sent shortly after ALSO used "hatefulness" as the codeword, leading to more confusion. It wasn't until sometime after when a message using the correct codeword, "Impish," was issued that the matter was cleared up.
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On occasion, computer glitches or human error resulted in incidents where emergency alerts were issued accidentally. One egregious example occurred with the older Emergency Broadcast System in 1971, when a clerk intending to send out a routine test alert to all radio stations in the network accidentally loaded a Telex program tape that included the codeword "hatefulness," which was the code signal to the stations that a nuclear attack or other catastrophic emergency had been confirmed and that they were to immediately issue an on-air alert and suspend operations or remain on the air, but broadcasting only important news or survival information pertaining to the emergency. Even worse, a retraction message sent shortly after ALSO used "hatefulness" as the codeword, leading to more confusion. It wasn't until sometime after when a message using the correct codeword, "Impish," was issued that the matter was cleared up. up. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B1EAeh6H_I You can listen to recordings from two Midwest radio stations during the incident here.]]
30th Jan '16 5:25:16 PM nombretomado
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCwffUO4C5E This tribute]] to ''{{Superfriends}}'' starts with a reporter in the middle of a catastrophe calling out for heroes.
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCwffUO4C5E This tribute]] to ''{{Superfriends}}'' ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' starts with a reporter in the middle of a catastrophe calling out for heroes.
17th Jan '16 1:32:24 AM RevolutionStone
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Adding my own song! Hopefully it's not too advertisey.
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* ''[[https://soundcloud.com/seth0et0holth/the-emergency-beat The Emergency Beat]]'' is an ElectronicMusic piece by the indies producer Seth consisting of what happens when the EAS tone is edited, altered, and mixed with a heavily effected stock dubstep loop.
3rd Jan '16 10:00:26 AM Erin582
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* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/{{Roundhouse}}'', where instead of using a machine of some sort to imitate the Emergency Broadcasting System's screeching noise, two cast members decided to ''[[UpToEleven scream]]'' the screech's normal duration.
22nd Dec '15 10:57:14 AM MrNickelodeon
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* The former ''Ride/{{Kongfrontation}}'' attraction at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Florida]] had an Emergency Broadcast System notice appear on the [=TV=]s the queue line, notifying everyone to stay indoors due to what was lurking outside.
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* At Ride/UniversalStudios: ** The former ''Ride/{{Kongfrontation}}'' attraction at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Florida]] had an Emergency Broadcast System notice appear on the [=TV=]s the queue line, notifying everyone to stay indoors due to what was lurking outside.outside. ** The also defunct ''Ride/TwisterRideItOut'' attraction had a tornado warning broadcast playing on a [=TV=] as guests entered the main show.
6th Dec '15 4:16:33 PM Gamma097
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* ''VideoGame/BlackMesa'': One of the changes between the mod release and the Steam release was the addition of one heard on a radio after the resonance cascade. It was also used on an ominous webpage foreshadowing the game's release on Steam. After it was released, the webpage became [[http://www.bmrf.us/ a still-ominous advertisement video]] both for the Black Mesa Research Facility and the game itself. The EAS can be heard [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBQ8rPg7UaQ here]]. A similar variant released closer to the game's release can be heard [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLQJ4b1AQJk here]].
15th Nov '15 5:44:59 PM DavidDelony
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The National Weather Service also operates an extensive [[http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/ weather radio]] network that covers all 50 states as well as overseas territories. Typically, these broadcasts consist of computerized voices reading local weather conditions and forecasts, as well as severe weather warnings in a continuous loop updated after several hours[[note]]Prior to 1997, these were done by live NWS meteorologists[[/note]]. Some weather radio receivers can be activated automatically when severe weather or other emergencies threaten and some higher-end models allow users to filter warnings by geographical area and type, eliminating the problem of irrelevant warnings mentioned in the page intro. These are useful in tornado-prone areas, especially at night when people are sleeping. The NWS' gial is for weather radios to become as common in homes as smoke detectors. TV and radio stations typically simulcast weather radio alerts for their EAS weather warnings. Warnings are typically issued by county, though lately the NWS has started to mention specific communities because people in tornado-prone areas got into the habit of ignoring warnings unless they could see or hear the tornado themselves, which lead to a lot of deaths. In addition to weather warnings, these stations also broadcast warnings for other civil emergencies such as chemical spills and Amber Alerts, which is why weather radio is called "All Hazards Radio".
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The National Weather Service also operates an extensive [[http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/ weather radio]] network that covers all 50 states as well as overseas territories. Typically, these broadcasts consist of computerized voices reading local weather conditions and forecasts, as well as severe weather warnings in a continuous loop updated after several hours[[note]]Prior to 1997, these were done by live NWS meteorologists[[/note]]. Some weather radio receivers can be activated automatically when severe weather or other emergencies threaten and some higher-end models allow users to filter warnings by geographical area and type, eliminating the problem of irrelevant warnings mentioned in the page intro. These are useful in tornado-prone areas, especially at night when people are sleeping. The NWS' gial goal is for weather radios to become as common in homes as smoke detectors. TV and radio stations typically simulcast weather radio alerts for their EAS weather warnings. Warnings are typically issued by county, though lately the NWS has started to mention specific communities because people in tornado-prone areas got into the habit of ignoring warnings unless they could see or hear the tornado themselves, which lead to a lot of deaths. In addition to weather warnings, these stations also broadcast warnings for other civil emergencies such as chemical spills and Amber Alerts, which is why weather radio is called "All Hazards Radio".

In addition, Environment Canada runs Weatheradio Canada, which disseminates weather warnings, alerts, and tests on VHF radio. This system uses the same "duck farts" as the American EAS.
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In addition, Environment Canada runs Weatheradio Canada, which disseminates weather warnings, alerts, and tests on VHF radio.radio, using the same frequencies that its cross-border counterpart, NOAA Weather Radio, does. This system uses the same "duck farts" as the American EAS.
15th Nov '15 5:18:16 PM IlGreven
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* ''Film/{{Twister}}'' had a couple of these, but the big tornado that hit's Jo's mother's house came with no warning at all. And the end goal of all the storm chasers was to improve tornado prediction enough that these broadcasts could come sooner.
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* ''Film/{{Twister}}'' had a couple of these, but the big tornado that hit's Jo's mother's aunt's house came with no warning at all. And the end goal of all the storm chasers was to improve tornado prediction enough that these broadcasts could come sooner.
15th Nov '15 5:17:33 PM IlGreven
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* ''Film/{{Twister}}'' had a couple of these, but the big tornado that hit's Jo's mother's house came with no warning at all. And the end goal of all the storm chasers was to improve tornado prediction enough that these broadcasts could come sooner.
30th Oct '15 10:24:22 PM BNSF1995
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'''Canada:''' For many years, only one province, Alberta, has an emergency warning system. [[http://youtu.be/zo6081Wg3IE The Alberta Emergency Public Warning System]] was planned after an F5 tornado tore through Edmonton, but was only picked up by all broadcasters after a F3 tornado destroyed a campground at Pine Lake. The EPWS serves to advise the public of imminent threats such as severe summer weather (tornadoes, thunderstorms, and floods) and civil emergencies, and also broadcasts AMBER Alerts. It generally is not used to disseminate less emergent weather alerts such as snowfall or blizzard warnings, as those are considered relatively common events during most of the winter (and spring, and...). The system was modified and re-branded as AlertReady by The Weather Network, the Canadian version of {{The Weather Channel}}, and sold to the government as a nationwide alert system. Despite resistance from telecom companies over costs, the system was mostly implemented as of 2014. In addition, Environment Canada runs Weatheradio Canada, which disseminates weather warnings, alerts, and tests on VHF radio.
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'''Canada:''' For many years, only one province, Alberta, has an emergency warning system. [[http://youtu.be/zo6081Wg3IE The Alberta Emergency Public Warning System]] was planned after an F5 tornado tore through Edmonton, but was only picked up by all broadcasters after a F3 tornado destroyed a campground at Pine Lake. The EPWS serves to advise the public of imminent threats such as severe summer weather (tornadoes, thunderstorms, and floods) and civil emergencies, and also broadcasts AMBER Alerts. It generally is not used to disseminate less emergent weather alerts such as snowfall or blizzard warnings, as those are considered relatively common events during most of the winter (and spring, and...). The system was modified and re-branded as AlertReady by The Weather Network, the Canadian version of {{The Weather Channel}}, and sold to the government as a nationwide alert system. Despite resistance from telecom companies over costs, the system was mostly implemented as of 2014. 2014. Alert Ready was initially rolled out in 2013 in Alberta as Alberta Emergency Alert, directly supplanting the EPWS. In addition, Environment Canada runs Weatheradio Canada, which disseminates weather warnings, alerts, and tests on VHF radio. radio. This system uses the same "duck farts" as the American EAS.

'''UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM4gPCLzLO8 The Standard Emergency Warning Signal]], used primarily in Queensland to warn of cyclones, but now being expanded for bushfires and terror threats in the rest of the country. Possibly, along with Japan's EWS and Alberta's EPWS, one of the few Emergency Broadcast systems to originally be developed specifically for a weather/geological hazard rather than AtomicHate.
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'''UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM4gPCLzLO8 The Standard Emergency Warning Signal]], used primarily in Queensland to warn of cyclones, but now being expanded for bushfires and terror threats in the rest of the country. Possibly, along with Japan's EWS and Alberta's EPWS, one of the few Emergency Broadcast systems to originally be developed specifically for a weather/geological hazard rather than AtomicHate. AtomicHate. Many find the tone used by the SEWS much less scary than the American EAS, with some even joking that it sounds like something from a game show.

'''Mexico:''' Of the natural disaster variety. The ''Sistema de Alerta Sísmica'' (Seismic Alert System) consisting of a network of seismic detectors deployed near the Guerrero and Oaxaca coastline will send an early warning upon detecting a strong earthquake. Recipients in Mexico City will theoretically have 50 seconds to act upon receiving the alert. While TV and Radio do sound the alert, there isn't a public megaphone system to sound the alarm itself in the city, though anyone using a radio reciever tuned to the SAS frequency will get the signal, as well as some schools and government buildings which are directly connected to the Early Warning System.
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'''Mexico:''' Of the natural disaster variety. The ''Sistema de Alerta Sísmica'' (Seismic Alert System) consisting of a network of seismic detectors deployed near the Guerrero and Oaxaca coastline will send an early warning upon detecting a strong earthquake. Recipients in Mexico City will theoretically have 50 seconds to act upon receiving the alert. While TV and Radio do sound the alert, there isn't a public megaphone system to sound the alarm itself in the city, though anyone using a radio reciever tuned to the SAS frequency will get the signal, as well as some schools and government buildings which are directly connected to the Early Warning System. The SAS uses the same "duck farts" as the American EAS.
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