Wednesday’s EAS Test May Cause Panic
Spread The Word: “This Is ONLY A Test”
By Dell Hill
The big test is coming up and law enforcement agencies are fearing panic and a rash of 9-1-1 calls.
Glenn Reynolds - The Instapundit - filed this report.
THIS IS ONLY A TEST: Cops Fear Emergency Alert Test Will Trigger Panic.
“Cops are preparing for a blitz of panicked 911 calls during a
nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, blanketing every TV and
radio station coast-to-coast, that experts fear could produce a Orson
Welles-like fear frenzy.
and state police said they’re both staffing extra 911 dispatchers to
answer calls at 2 p.m. Wednesday, when the 30-second alert from the
Federal Communications Commission will interrupt regularly scheduled
programming on all TV and radio stations in the United States and Puerto
Rico. The alert will look and sound like past local announcements, but
Federal Communications Commission officials said prep for the nationwide
effort has already exposed problems in the 50-year-old system,
including the incapability to support closed captioning and
Pass the word: “This Is ONLY A Test”.