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News Test: Civil Authority has issued a test...

 
WTF?
06/08/2005 12:45 AM
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Who the heck is the civil authority? It was a new one on me. It was like the public broadcast system tests, but it said the civil authority has issued a test for the following counties until 1:15am, it is 11:45 here now.

Then it didn´t even have any counties, it just said all of Oklahoma.

What are they preparing us for?
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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Those WMD´s called Tornado´s
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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shroomshroomshroomshroomrocket

lock n load !
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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It wasn´t a tornado test. Those come across the bottom of the screen and they say that they are for tornadoes. This one came across the top and it sounded like the american broadcast system (the same three deep tones) but it said it was until 1:15am instead of the normal ones that are only 30 seconds? long.
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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Here in TX they used to say : THIS IS A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY BROADCAST SYSTEM,THIS IS ONLY A TEST.
not a big deal,sounds normal.

NOW! they changed it to horn THERE IS AN EMERGENCY....... TURN TO CHANNEL -- FOR INSTRUCTION.

No longer is it a test,why start it out that way?
It sounds like a war of the worlds type of broadcast. Always playing the fear card.hiding
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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This was just on NBC. I´m beginning to think it´s some type of martial law test. I´ve googled it and haven´t found anything yet. Has anyone else?
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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Impact of some kind in the next hour!

(so they were a LITTLE off on the june 6th
prediction)
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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Hi!

If anyone is not aware that things have gotten a little strange of late, they have not been (or cannot for some reason) be paying attention.

Think about it…

They run tornado and storm warnings when there are storms. Not tests. And you NEVER run an inactive test for more than a minute. People begin to ignore then if you do!

May I ask the area of the country you are in?

Thank you!
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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Ah, Oklahoma.

I will see what I can find.
Rev Star Gazer
12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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They did that here on Kaua´i a few months back - freaked me out! I was lying down but could hear the neighbor´s TV on next door. Jumped up and went and turned ours on - said to go to a different channel for details. When I changed to that channel it said they were conducting a 15 minute long test.
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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"No longer is it a test,why start it out that way?
It sounds like a war of the worlds type of broadcast. Always playing the fear card."
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We still have the THIS IS A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY BROADCAST SYSTEM TESTS

This was something new. I´m wondering who the heck the civil authority is.

I wouldn´t say I´m playing the fear card...its more like the should I be concerned card!
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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Wow,
I would probably be in trouble if we had a warning that said to turn to channel so and so!!

Since I don´t have cable anymore, I only get three channels, so I would miss the emergency warning probably. LOL


I found it totally odd that it said the civil authority and that it is going to be until 1:15am. What´s that all about?
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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civil authority

n : a person who exercises authority over civilian affairs
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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April 04, 2005
Your Emergency Preparedness Dollars At Work

The air staff at WFMU has grown accustomed to the electronic ravings of our Emergency Alert System unit. Periodically, it starts spitting out nonsense about an officially sanctioned "Unknown Event" which we are duty-bound to inform the public about, under penalty of federal fines. Then of course, there was that certain Tuesday in September when the unit didn´t utter a peep, because (as the FCC told us later) certain emergencies (like truths) are "self-evident."

CivilemergencyThis is the $3,000 unit that the federal government forced us to purchase and install in our main studio so that the WFMU staff could keep you, the public, informed in the event of an emergency. (The fact that the likes of us are entrusted with such a duty should tell you something about the system´s shortcomings right there.) But this past weekend, our beloved EAS unit pulled a fast one on us. It issued a "Civil Emergency Message" issued by "A Civil Authority." Glen Jones was perplexed enought to call me at home about it. Announce it, I advised, and announce it Jones did. We had to announce it - that´s the law. But what was the civil emergency - was Canada invading at last? Flaming hailstones? A mysterious odor? And who was the mysterious civil authority making this mysterious pronouncement - the governor? The mayor? The dogcatcher? Ours was not to understand - as broadcasters, we are merely proxies for passing on this momentous piece on non-information to the public at large, the better to quell public fears and sow utter confusion.

Checking the news later, it would be fair to assume that the civil emergency was related to the floodingArk_1 caused by this weekend´s rains. In which case it might have been useful to warn people of something specific, like.. flooding. But the flood warnings ceased a while before the civil emergency warnings began. Ah well. At least it wasn´t an "unknown event."

Maybe next time, for clarity´s sake, we´ll throw on Johnny Cash´s German language version of Five Feet High and Rising. (MP3).
OP
12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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Thank you for the info...
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6/8/2005
1:32 am EDT

So basically, what they are saying is that they issue them, they just don´t know what the reason is at the time.

So, I wonder what the reason is tonight? We actually have a clear night, at least where I live.
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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I forgot to put the link

v [link to blog.wfmu.org]

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