Today, The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Communications Commission held the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. The test happened at 2 p.m. ET and included all broadcast television, radio stations and cable and satellite television systems in the U.S. and U.S. territories.

Officials say the system could be used to ensure that the president and officials can address the nation during a significant emergency such as a natural disaster, terrorist attack or cyberincident.

My question is… Did you hear/see it? Were you even watching or listening to any of those channels??  Apparently some people heard Lady Gaga!

I didn’t. As a “net native”, I rarely watch live TV and only listen to the radio in my car.  So I guess I would have had no warning of the impending earth-ending comet or succumbed to the zombie apocalypse.

Or would I?

EVERYTIME there has been a major news story or natural disaster I have seen it on twitter significantly earlier than any news broadcasts. I know this Emergency Alert System is a lot more serious than a breaking news story but that only proves my point. I’m wondering if an internet component should be added to the list? Or as someone twittered:

” An Emergency Alert System that also sends an SMS to all cellphones would be more useful to me.””

I mean is FEMA the official site for up-to-the-minute information in a disaster? It’d be great to have an interactive site where you can verify what’s true and what’s not. Perhaps the Presidents twitter will suffice? Let’s hope the next one is as social media savvy. I know that when I was in Brisbane, Australia during their terrible floods, twitter and facebook became intrinsic to getting help, putting out current warnings and finding lost people.  Qld Police used their facebook presence as a beacon of Real-Time trusted info.

The Guarding™ wave can be serious business. It’s about proactively fighting fear. The Human Truth™ of this wave is: “If something is after me, I’ll be ready for it.”™ When you look at the examples they gave for it’s use again: natural disaster, terrorist attack or cyberincident... it’s kind of gives you chills. Here’s to hoping they are just being “proactive” and never have to use it for real.

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