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Nickel Contributor
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Emergency Alert System

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At about 1:55 pm today continuing for several minutes, all channels on all my set-top boxes were displaying EAS on the front panel and the TV's were seeing an "Emergency Alert System" test message that said this was a required periodic test.I have seen this happen at one channel only at various times but never on all channels at the same time. How often are such tests performed? Is it a Federal Law or do all networks do that on their own or was done only by Verizon FiOS?

 

I was watching a news program and they were in the middle of a discussion about terror threats and then this "Emergency Alert System" appeared on all channels so I was momentarily concerned until I realized it was only a test.

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Nickel Contributor
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Re: Emergency Alert System

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It is a federal regulation that all broadcasters in the US must adhere to.

In this case, the cable company, FiOS, received the EAS test signal and was required to broadcast it.

Usually they do this in the early morning if it was a test, so that is strange.

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Copper Contributor
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Yea, I get those weekly alerts.  Sometimes 2 or 3 nights in a row.


I guess if one station broadcasts an alert then the cable co. may be required to send it out all across the board.

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Silver Contributor III
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Re: Emergency Alert System

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The last time we received an EAS message it lasted for one hour. Next time that happens, I am calling in! 🙂

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I  completely understand how the EAS system can be triggered when expanding the Fios service area. However - riddle me this - how do you justify the EAS system changing channels to something completely different and then holding the DVR hostage?  And then this happens multiple times in an hour? and then changing the channel to something pornographic? Who is running the show at 400 EST in the morning? College dropouts? Never have I been so embarassed as what happened when the EAS system took over my system the other morning while watching Red Eye, and having my girlfriend exposed to such trash.

 

Ugh. Hope this never ever happens again.

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Registered: ‎10-18-2012

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Emergency Alert System Test.
   
11-9-11  2pm EST,   Federal Emergency Management Agency (‘FEMA’) first nationally announced date and time for a test of the  “Emergency Alert System” on a Federal level was a failure.  I have ‘Fios’ and was watching a ‘DVR’ program, recording to the ‘DVR’  and was not interrupted for this  “First National Test of the Emergency Alert System.”  

Verizon says they have no control of FEMA's “Emergency Alert System” testing. And it seems that no one has control of the testing.

What I mean by an interruption, the “Fios Box” should have stopped any and all programs being recorded,  stops the playing the  ‘DVR’ program you are watching and any ‘live’ program. The “Fios Box” runs only the “Emergency Alert System Test” on all channels,  then drops you in the last ‘live’ channel you were on with an interruption or lost of about a 1 min. on ‘live’ channels  and  about 1 min. on recorded programs.

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I live in Los Angeles County.  I receive uncoordinated and unannounced tests of the  “Emergency Alert System” from five Counties. Each one is independent from each other. This means each one of the 5 county runs their own uncoordinated and unannounced test of the  “Emergency Alert System.”   The counties are:   Los Angeles County,   Orange County,   San Bernardino County   Riverside County  and   Ventura County.   The counties run weekly and /or monthly uncoordinated and unannounced test of the  “Emergency Alert System.”

I am half way threw Oct. 2012 and have had 16 uncoordinated and unannounced test of the  “Emergency Alert System” for the month.

 

Below is a list of recorded programs interruption by  “Emergency Alert System Test” to date for the month of October 18, 2012:

 

10-4-12  Thu  5:13am   Antiques Roadshow,  188 - Ovation
10-4-12  Thu  5:16am   Antiques Roadshow,  188 - Ovation

10-9-12  Tue  4:38am   Antiques Roadshow,  188 - Ovation

10-11-12  Thu  12:23am  Attack of the 50 ft. Cheerleader  395 - Epix
10-11-12  Thu  12:23am  Dead of Night,  230 - TMC

10-11-12  Thu  2:42am   Terror Trip,  870 - SHO2 HDw
10-11-12  Thu  2:42am    In America,  920 - Max HD

10-14-12   Sun  1:10am   In Bruges,  929 - ATMAX HD

10-15-12 Mon  10:14pm   The Brokaw Files,  125 - Milty  

10-16-12   Tue  5:04am     Ghosts of  Goldfield,  388 - TMCxtr w
10-16-12  Tue  5:05am      Ghosts of  Goldfield,  388 - TMCxtr w

10-18-12  Thu  2:32am       Monte Carle,  908 - HBOcom HD      
10-18-12  Thu  2:32am       The Plague of the Zombies,  230 - TCM

10-18-12  Thu  10:23am      Antiques Roadshow, 188 - Ovation

10-18-12  Thu  1:25pm         Commanders at War,  125 - Milty

10-18-12  Thu  4:22 pm        C.I.A. Secrets,  125 - Milty

On October 18, 2012,  I had 5 uncoordinated and unannounced test of the 

“Emergency Alert System.”

 

Uncoordinated and unannounced test of the  “Emergency Alert System” for 

June - September  2012 was from 8 to 13 interruptions each month.

Is our country at a war and these test must be done or what ? ? ? ? ?

 

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November 11, 2012


I live in Los Angeles County.  I am subject to at least  5 counties each month running their own uncoordinated and unannounced test of the  “Emergency Alert System.”
This interrupts all channels: Stopping recorded programs and interrupts  what I am curently watching.

Uncoordinated and unannounced test of the  “Emergency Alert System” for
October 19, 2012 - October 31, 2012

10-21-12  Sun 1:10am   Pulp Fiction  905 - HBOsighDw
10-21-12  Sun 1:10am   Ghosts of Goldfield   887 - TMCxtr HD

10-26-12  Wed 11:50pm   Ultimate Weapons   125 - Milty
10-26-12  Wed 11:50pm   Spirits of the Dead   230 - TCM

10-25-12  Thu 4:26am   Fortress   928 - WMAX HD

10-27-12   Sat 7:21pm   Weapons Of W W 2 / Sands of Iwo Jima 1949 John Wayne 125 - Milty             

10-28-12  Sun 1:10am   Goin’ Back - Iwo Jima  125 - Milty
10-28-12  Sun 1:10am   The Tempest   865 - Sho HD

10-29-12  Mon 10:32pm   Elizabeth  1998   188 - Ovation


Is our country at a war and these test must be done or what   ? ? ? ? ?


 

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Silver Contributor III
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Mad_T_IRe: Emergency Alert System

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Mad_T_I

 

Thanks for this. I get the same EAS as you do, as I live in Orange County. It does get exteremly annoying. 

 

It is worse for me, as I use Windows Media Center and there is a bug where I have to restart WMC every time to clear the bar (known MS Issue).

 

  

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Re: Emergency Alert System

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the EAS scares the crap out of my two year old  😞

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Re: Emergency Alert System Test - Verizon Fios

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November 20, 2012
I  live in Los Angeles County.  I am subject to at least  5 counties each month running their own uncoordinated and unannounced test of the  “Emergency Alert System.”


The “Emergency Alert System Test”  (EAS)  interrupts all channels,
Stopping recorded programs and  Interrupts  what I am currently watching.

Uncoordinated and unannounced test of the  “Emergency Alert System” for
November 1, 2012 - November 15, 2012

11-1-12   Thu   2:02am   Cracks  867 - ShoShc HD
11-1-12   Thu   2:02am    Katie Morgan’s Quiz Show   901 - HBO HD w

11-2-12   Fri   10:12pm   The Grudge   926 - ThrMax HD

11-4-12   Sun   1:10am   Infamous Assassinations   125 - Milty
11-4-12   Sun   1:10am    Howard  the Duck    907 - HBOfam HDw

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11-4-12   Sun   1:10am  Log   Howard  the Duck   907 - HBOfam HDw  
11-4-12   Sun   1:10am            Shootout                  126 - Mil Hist

11-6-12   Mon   11:41am    The Jack Benny Program   466 - AntennaTV
11-6-12   Mon   11:41am     Book of Love   887 - TMCcxtr HD

11-8-12   Thu   3:57am        Lost Horizon   230 - TCM

11-8-12   Thu   11:12pm   The Jack Benny Program   466 - AntennaTV
11-8-12   Thu   11:12pm   World War 2 in Color   125 - Milty

11-8-12   Thu   3:57am   Femme Fatales   921 - Max HD w

11-11-12   Sun   1:10am   Click      840 - Starz1H
11-11-12   Sun   1:10am   Twelve   885 - TMC HD

11-12-12   Mon   10:53pm   Top Gear: 50 Years of Bond Cars   189 - BBC AM

11-12-12   Mon   11:12pm   World War2 in Color   125 - Mility

11-15-12   Thu    3:02am   Shadow Island Mysteries   885 - TMC HD
11-15-12   Thu    3:02am   Wes Craven’s New Nightmare  903 - HBO2HDw

Is our country at  “War”  and these test must be done  or  what   ? ? ? ? ?


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