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Wednesday
Nov092011

National Emergency Alert Test: Total Failure?

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Communications Commission held its first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET.

While many viewers and listeners experienced the test without a hitch, as soon as 2 p.m. hit there were reports of problems in cities across the country. Some people never saw an alert, others said the audio was distorted and there were even claims that Lady Gaga’s song “Paparazzi” was playing instead of the correct audio.

The alert was supposed to run for about 30 seconds. However, for many stations it lasted much longer.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency released a statement saying data from the test was being collected.

“Only through comprehensively testing, analyzing, and improving these technologies can we ensure an effective and reliable national emergency alert and warning system,” the statement said. “We … look forward to working with all our stakeholders to improve this current technology and build a robust, resilient, and fully accessible next generation alerting system that can provide timely and accurate alerts to the American people.”

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