Federal Emergency Broadcast Tests

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I have been noticing for the last two months, an increase of emergency Broadcast transmissions in my municipality (Kansas). In adddition, I have noticed a new format, Federal Emergency Broadcast Test. It used to be a test for the local community, mainly in preparation for incliment weather. Now, it is a Federal (assume nationwide) test. Very coincidental timing (end of year).

I am a night owl myself and have never noticed, prior to the last couple of months, that testing of the FEBS (Federal Emergency Broadcast System)is now occurring late into the night, early morning hours. I assume so as not to arouse so much suspicion, concern.

Any input to the observation ?

-- Rob H. (maxovrdrv51@hotmail.com), November 26, 1999


been testing here weekly for last year. Sometimes 4-5 days in a row.

-- Art Welling (artw@lancnews.infi.net), November 26, 1999.

Hi Rob,

FWIW, I'm not sure what, if anything, Kansas is doing differently, but I do know that here in Wisconsin our EAS (Emergency Alert System) tests are unchanged.

The statewide radio network where I work conducts a test every week (I've done one myself) and they are the same they've been since I've been here this year.

And we are the "official" outlet for any Y2K emergency broadcasts.

Hope that helps.

-- Lara (nprbuff@hotmail.com), November 26, 1999.

Hi Rob,

I've noticed the FEMA broadcasts here in Houston also.

FEMA emerg broadcast test started randomly last March.

-- snooze button (alarmclock_2000@yahoo.com), November 26, 1999.

Here in Indianapolis, I heared an unusual emergency broadcast test two weeks ago. Usually there's a one minute long tone followed by the normal info on weather(tornadoe warnings etc.) But the one I recenlty heard said something to the effect, You will hear this followed by emergency information due to adverse whether, etc or a civil unrest emergency. In the 24 years I have lived here I have heard the normal weather emergency broadcast line on the radio HUNDREDS of times. But two weeks ago is the first time I ever heard them throw in CIVIL UNREST EMERGENCY at the end.

Anyone else hear this?

-- Don (DDinkins@aol.com), November 26, 1999.

--haven't heard the civil unrest one, just an increase of emergency test broadcasts. I DID hear a really strange one today, local talk radio station said to be sure to listen to the station on your battery radio. It was strange, the host just rattled it off, it was a prerecorded commercial for the station itself, just weird that they specified a battery radio.


-- zog (zzoggy@yahoo.com), November 26, 1999.

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