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EAS system placed on standby
From: Sean Donelan <sean () donelan com>
Date: 11 Sep 2001 17:54:45 -0700


FEMA requested the primary emergency alert broadcast stations
be prepared to in case primary communications media fail.  I
assume this is just a standard precaution FEMA has built into
their emergency response plan.

Interestingly enough, no one was available at the FCC to confirm
if broadcast stations can suspend the RWT and RMT transmissions
(foundly known as "duck farts") as part of the scheduled tests.

GREETINGS;

THE NATION FACES A GRAVE CRISIS.

PRIMARY ENTRY POINT STATIONS FOR THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM SHOULD PREPARE
TO MAN THE SHELTERS AT THE TRANSMITTER SITES FOR THE DURATION OF THE
NATIONAL CRISIS.

MAKE ANY AND ALL PREPARATIONS TO ACTIVATE THE PEP IF REQUIRED.  KEEP
CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION OPEN AND AVAILABLE.  MOVE ANY SUPPLIES TO THE
SHELTER AREA THAT MAY BE REQUIRED (FOOD, WATER, SANITARY SUPPLIES).  HAVE
THE ALTERNATE COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA UP AND OPERATIONAL, BE PREPARED TO
PATCH IT IN IF THE PRIMARY COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA FAILS.

ANY TESTING OR SCHEDULED TESTING OF THE EAS OR PEP SYSTEM IS TO BE
SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

I WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY.

PUTPRUSH SENDS

TIMOTHY L. PUTPRUSH,  FEMA PEP PROJECT MANAGER



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