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11th Feb '17 9:42:48 PM StevieC
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All TV and radio stations are required to test their EAS systems at least once a month, with weekly tests required for feeder stations. Of course these tests usually warn that there's no actual emergency going on first. This has resulted in the phrase "This is a test. This is only a test" and the old two-tone EBS attention beep [[MemeticMutation becoming a part of popular culture]]. The new EAS alerts may or may not include a two-tone attention beep but always include an encoded ASCII string, repeated three times, which sounds like an old-school modem and is called a "chirp" or "duck farts" in the business, and Main/NightmareFuel-incarnate by viewers. The string contains specific information as to the type of alert (or test) and the location of the emergency. Some modern weather radios can be programmed to only activate the alarm for alerts that apply to where the radio's installed and only for hazards that would actually be of concern to the area. In some areas the EAS test is unannounced and contains only the three ASCII chirps.

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All TV and radio stations are required to test their EAS systems at least once a month, with weekly tests required for feeder stations. Of course these tests usually warn that there's no actual emergency going on first. This has resulted in the phrase "This is a test. This is only ''only'' a test" and the old two-tone EBS attention beep [[MemeticMutation becoming a part of popular culture]]. The new EAS alerts may or may not include a two-tone attention beep but always include an encoded ASCII string, repeated three times, which sounds like an old-school modem and is called a "chirp" or "duck farts" in the business, and Main/NightmareFuel-incarnate by viewers. The string contains specific information as to the type of alert (or test) and the location of the emergency. Some modern weather radios can be programmed to only activate the alarm for alerts that apply to where the radio's installed and only for hazards that would actually be of concern to the area. In some areas the EAS test is unannounced and contains only the three ASCII chirps.
11th Feb '17 7:08:25 AM jto5334t
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* ''WesterAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In the episode "Homer Defined," when Homer's inattention to warnings that the core temperature is nearing dangerous levels results in a near meltdown, Channel 5 immediately goes on air with a news flash alerting residents to the situation and that only a couple of minutes remain before a sure nuclear explosion. Kent Brockman interviews Mr. Burns, who despite the wail of the sirens and the imminent danger to Springfield hides his nervousness as he nonchalantly assures the public that the problem will quickly be resolved and that there is no danger to the town. Reaction around Springfield is, of course, varied (for instance, the students at Springfield Elementary are huddled under their desks in anticipation of a powerful explosion) while the residents at Springfield Retirement Castle turn the channel to watch ''WheelOfFortune'' (and a humorous missolve of "THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN").

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* ''WesterAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In the episode "Homer Defined," when Homer's inattention to warnings that the core temperature is nearing dangerous levels results in a near meltdown, Channel 5 immediately goes on air with a news flash alerting residents to the situation and that only a couple of minutes remain before a sure nuclear explosion. Kent Brockman interviews Mr. Burns, who despite the wail of the sirens and the imminent danger to Springfield hides his nervousness as he nonchalantly assures the public that the problem will quickly be resolved and that there is no danger to the town. Reaction around Springfield is, of course, varied (for instance, the students at Springfield Elementary are huddled under their desks in anticipation of a powerful explosion) explosion while the residents at Springfield Retirement Castle turn the channel to watch ''WheelOfFortune'' (and a humorous missolve of "THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN").FOUNTAIN")).
4th Jan '17 6:47:35 AM Ccook1956
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* The ''WoodyWoodpecker'' cartoon "Termites From Mars" invokes this. Woody's TV show is interrupted for a flash that, as the title implies, termites are invading. In a scene later, a termite attaches two electric wires to Woody's beak and turns a pupil in his eyes. Woody's eyes suddenly show the guy from TV who interrupted for the news flash.
21st Dec '16 8:25:05 AM DavidDelony
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Tornado-prone areas of the U.S., as wells as areas near chemical or nuclear power plants, are also typically covered by a network of outdoor sirens that sound during tornado warnings or chemical releases, another vestige of the old civil defense system. Many of them actually are repurposed air raid sirens dating back to UsefulNotes/TheColdWar.

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Tornado-prone areas of the U.S., as wells as areas near chemical or nuclear power plants, are also typically covered by a network of outdoor sirens that sound during tornado warnings or chemical releases, another vestige of the old civil defense system. Many of them actually are repurposed air raid sirens dating back to UsefulNotes/TheColdWar.
the UsefulNotes/ColdWar era.
20th Dec '16 8:52:46 PM DavidDelony
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Tornado-prone areas of the U.S., as wells as areas near chemical or nuclear power plants, are also typically covered by a network of outdoor sirens that sound during tornado warnings or chemical releases, another vestige of the old civil defense system. Many of them actually are repurposed air raid sirens.

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Tornado-prone areas of the U.S., as wells as areas near chemical or nuclear power plants, are also typically covered by a network of outdoor sirens that sound during tornado warnings or chemical releases, another vestige of the old civil defense system. Many of them actually are repurposed air raid sirens.
sirens dating back to UsefulNotes/TheColdWar.
20th Dec '16 8:52:15 PM DavidDelony
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Tornado-prone areas of the U.S., as wells as areas near chemical or nuclear power plants, are also typically covered by a network of outdoor sirens that sound during tornado warnings or chemical releases, another vestige of the old civil defense system.

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Tornado-prone areas of the U.S., as wells as areas near chemical or nuclear power plants, are also typically covered by a network of outdoor sirens that sound during tornado warnings or chemical releases, another vestige of the old civil defense system.
system. Many of them actually are repurposed air raid sirens.
20th Dec '16 5:07:25 PM iluvcapra
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A technical note: producers who are required to deliver a film or television product for air or cable distribution in the United States are mandated, as part of their audio specifications, to never insert a true EAS audio recording into their program, as the EAS signal will automatically cause subscriber cable boxes and transmission gear to switch over to emergency mode. Radio ads with EAS tones added to grab the listener's attention have caused like incidents, and the FCC levies fines upon broadcasters who transmit programs with spurious EAS signals.
28th Sep '16 11:29:20 PM AussieEvil
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A national EAS test was performed on November 11, 2011--the first official "test activation" of a national level Emergency Broadcast since the CONELRAD era. It showed that nationally, the system needed a little work: Some cable providers switched to their EAS feed station (usually QVC or another [=Home Shopping=] channel) without showing the test, others didn't state that a test was happening, and Direct TV viewers were hearing Music/LadyGaga instead of the test message.

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A national EAS test was performed on November 11, 2011--the first official "test activation" of a national level Emergency Broadcast since the CONELRAD era. It showed that nationally, the system needed a little work: Some cable providers switched to their EAS feed station (usually QVC or another [=Home Shopping=] channel) without showing the test, others didn't state that a test was happening, and Direct TV viewers were hearing Music/LadyGaga instead of the test message.
message. A second national EAS test happened on September 28, 2016, using the new National Periodic Test event code. That went off flawlessly.
17th Sep '16 9:07:43 AM 100pointonepercent
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''"This concludes this test of the Emergency Broadcast System. If this had been an actual emergency, you would have been advised to crawl under a desk or table, grab your ankles, put your head between your knees, and kiss your ass goodbye."''

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''"This ''"[[WebVideo/OddityArchive This concludes this test of the Emergency Broadcast System. If this had been an actual emergency, you would have been advised to crawl under a desk or table, grab your ankles, put your head between your knees, and kiss your ass goodbye.goodbye]]."''
30th Jul '16 10:19:59 AM dogemperor
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'''Philippines:''' The Philippines now has a similar [[http://newsbytes.ph/2015/07/04/unprecedented-disaster-info-system-using-digital-tv-tested-in-ph/ Emergency Warning System]] to Japan (used to alert to earthquakes, volcano eruptions, typhoons, and terror attacks). The Philippines uses the same digital TV standard as Japan so [[http://www.dibeg.org/news/2008/0802Philippines_ISDB-T_seminar/Presentation5.pdf the system for J-Alert was adapted to Filipino standards]] (much as Canadian emergency alert systems, particularly Weatheradio's alerts, are similar to US EAS alerts on NOAA All Hazards Radio).

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'''Philippines:''' The Philippines now has a similar [[http://newsbytes.ph/2015/07/04/unprecedented-disaster-info-system-using-digital-tv-tested-in-ph/ Emergency Warning System]] to Japan (used to alert to earthquakes, volcano eruptions, typhoons, evacuation alerts, and terror attacks). The Philippines uses the same digital TV standard as Japan so [[http://www.dibeg.org/news/2008/0802Philippines_ISDB-T_seminar/Presentation5.pdf the system for J-Alert was adapted to Filipino standards]] (much as Canadian emergency alert systems, particularly Weatheradio's alerts, are similar to US EAS alerts on NOAA All Hazards Radio).




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''Unlike'' Japan's J-Alert (and rather more similarly to the US, Canada, and Australia) there are not distinct alert tones for different types of disaster.
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