scottks (scottks) wrote in survivalist,

this is a test, this is only a test

There was a large scale internet outage this morning. It got me thinking about the nationwide test coming in a few days.

On Wednesday, November 9th, the the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the first ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). It will be conducted Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 PM EST, and will occur on all radio stations, TV stations, cable stations, dish stations, and satellite radio. The FCC says it will not involve Internet, LAN or mobile telephones. Mobile phones will come a little later (see below**).

According to the Blaze, “the authority to seize control of all television and civilian communication has been asserted by the executive branch and handed to a government agency.”

Glenn Beck said that this system was not activated during 9-11. We didn't need it. Local stations brought us the information we needed. So why the need to simultaneously grab control of all broadcast systems?

My only thought is that Obama or some future U.S. president might want to prevent information flow, or to only allow "official information" to reach the American people.

Do you have a shortwave radio currently stored away with Faraday preparations? Do you have ham radio gear tucked away in the same manner? This test might be a good motivator if you haven't yet. Not that an imminent EMP attack is scheduled, but you never know. Whether our own government shuts down communications, or terrorists with three EMP blasts, you'll want to access info after a disaster. -- trash can Faraday Cage.

** DHS and FEMA are currently working on expanding the EAS by developing the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), which will allow nationwide alerts to be sent to wireless mobile devices and phones. Working with the FCC, they are also working on the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) and the Personalized Local Alert Network (PLAN), which would allow local alerts to be sent wireless technology and devices.
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