Thursday, February 10, 2005
authorities have issued an immediate evacuation order for all of
Connecticut, beginning at 2:10 p.m. and ending at 3:10 p.m.," a message
that scrolled across television screens read."
"Connecticut emergency management officials have apologized for an
erroneous message sent to state broadcasters today (Feb 1) saying an evacuation
of the state had been ordered. Instead of running a test of the emergency alert system, midday
television viewers and radio listeners were told that the state was
"A Connecticut state official managed to type in that wrong Emergency Alert System code
Tuesday afternoon (2/1) and triggered a broadcast that called for an
evacuation of the entire state."
This story about the major SNAFU in CT stuck in my mind and raised just a couple of questions:
1) According to government officials: The state police received no
calls about it from any concerned citizens wondering where they should
evacuate to or what this evacuation was about. None. So
this EAS thing is being completely ignored. No one reads the
stuff that crawls the bottom of screens. Nobody even listens to
it. You can imagine a couple of people who heard it thinking that
they must have heard it wrong. I guess CT is ready for a real
2) The person who typed in the wrong code would not be reprimanded
according to the Gov. This was a mistake that anyone could have
made. The code that was typed in to evacuate the entire state was
one line away from the code for a volcano alert. It wasn't
exactly a typo, but the person who was entering the code misread by one
line. So can you imagine what this system is like? Not even
a prompt saying, "ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO CALL FOR AN EVACUATION OF
THE ENTIRE STATE?" I get more of a prompt if I try to delete a
3) What sort of major evacuation of an entire state lasts for one hour?
No prompt saying, "THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT CAN NOT BE EVACUATED FOR
LESS THAN 12 HOURS AT A TIME. PLEASE ENTER A NUMBER GREATER THAN
I'm sure we have the same system in New York.
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