Emergency Alert System to Interrupt All Television Wednesday, Cause Mass Hysteria

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Will Skynet become self-aware as well?
This Wednesday, a day after we narrowly avoid being hit by an asteroid, America will face yet another threat: television interruption. On November 9th, the FCC, FEMA, Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. Mediaite reports this is the organizations' "first all-inclusive, national test," and it will occur at 2 p.m. EST. For a couple minutes this week, there will be nothing on TV. May God help us all.

The FCC and other organizations routinely run "state-level monthly tests and local-level weekly tests," but never before has a comprehensive country-wide interruption taken place. FEMA and the FCC "will use the results of this nationwide test to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS as a public alert mechanism."

Besides getting vital information out, the purpose of the test is to reduce panic in the event of a real emergency. It is hard to imagine, however, that citizens won't slip into mass hysteria when their regularly scheduled 2 p.m. programming is taken off the air. Cars will be overturned and looters will run rampant if the FCC continues with their irresponsible plan to interrupt Scrubs and Ghost Whisperer reruns.

Pray for fans of One Life to Live, for they will be hit hardest.

Don't Panic! FCC To Shut Down All TV And Radio Next Wednesday For Emergency System Test [Mediaite]

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DavidDavid
DavidDavid

I would hate to have that timeslot.

George
George

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CDT
CDT

There's nothing on television anyway these days....soooooooo, that shouldn't be a problem.....people will actually have to use their brains and think on their own???? Heaven forbid!!

Josh D
Josh D

This won't matter to the growing number of people that have stopped buying cable/satellite TV and do streaming meda, etc...

iMattSmith
iMattSmith

You cant blame them. They have to try their best to prepare for the coming civil wars. They will fail.

Vince
Vince

True, this system is completely outdated and bordering on useless. Maybe they should work on a mass text message system. Or an earth Facebook page, and they can just update the planet's status to "Seriously freaked out right now."

justin
justin

There is supposed to be a mass text as well. 

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