Oct. 3, 2018 EAS Presidential Alert test

Aaron C. de Bruyn aaron at heyaaron.com
Sun Oct 7 21:53:10 UTC 2018

Hopefully Google and Amazon product engineers are listening: EAS/NWS
alert messages could come over your various devices to help the

The NEST Protect smoke alarms would particularly be useful for NWS
Alerts (i.e. they're loud and could broadcast "TORNADO!  SEEK SHELTER

Already having ~6 Nest Protects, and a few Home devices, I can't seem
myself ever needing to spend money on another one...unless version
next.0 included an internal antenna that could pick up NWS
alerts....seems like a good source of new hardware revenue to me...

On Sun, Oct 7, 2018 at 12:25 PM <bzs at theworld.com> wrote:
> Re: EAS alert, people not being reached
> That was one advantage of the old air raid siren system, it was
> difficult to ignore and required nothing special to receive (hearing
> impaired excepted.)
> I recall in NYC as a kid you were expected (maybe legally required,
> not sure) to head off the streets and to the nearest shelter. And
> people did. If you were a wise guy teen and didn't and a cop saw you
> you'd get an earful (don't ask me how I know this.)
> Some areas particularly near the shore have similar siren systems.
> Probably a bigger issue which isn't as apparent from a test is do
> people have any reasonable options even if they are completely aware
> that negotiations with the UFOs have collapsed and the death rays have
> started?
> In the days when nuclear attack was more likely we'd often say that
> it's all well and good to be alerted but seriously wtf are we supposed
> to do (duck and cover!)? Beyond "better than nothing!"?
> Granted for some proportion of the population a half-baked response is
> a lot better than none. If you're likely 2+ miles from a 1MT nuclear
> air burst just going into your cellars and away from windows (flying
> glass and debris) would probably save most of those lives and much
> injury at least from the initial blast.
> So, EAS alert may be better than nothing for many but some enumeration
> of why one might get one and what would be a reasonable reaction to
> each case would be useful.
> Otherwise it's just "ALERT! YOU ARE ABOUT TO DIE!" Ok...
> Of course for many here it might mean "switch to alternate power
> source immediately".
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