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Emergency alerts: All at once now

November 9, 2011

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Today at 2 p.m., the entire nation will hear that famous, often annoying, and always poorly timed introduction of the Emergency Alert System simultaneously on all radio and television stations. There will be no place to run, no channel that will give you safety. For 30 seconds, the nation will come together for this first nationwide interruption. Remarkably, a system that has been around for decades has only been tested at the local level.

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