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Archive for November, 2011

National Alert Test Wednesday: “This is a Test. This is only a Test.”

Monday, November 7th, 2011


Wednesday when you’re settling down to watch “One Life to Live” on ABC, your other favorite daytime TV program, or listening to the radio at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the first ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

The test will be carried on all broadcast television, radio stations, and cable and satellite television systems in the US and US territories. Although EAS has been used locally for many tests and notifications, such as tornadoes, there has never been a nationwide test.

Although an audio notification will state, “This is a test,” the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the FCC say that because of limitations in the old alert system, not all TV stations may be able to carry the words “This is a test” on some TV screens.

The system, initially designed in the 1950s, is run by FEMA and the FCC. In 2006 President Bush signed an executive order to mandate the nationwide system and national alert capability.

Since the national system has never been tested, DHS officials say this is an important trial to see how it works. It is expected to last 30 seconds.

FEMA and the FCC want to ensure that the deaf and those hard of hearing, people with cognitive or mental health concerns, senior citizens, and people not proficient in English are aware of it.

“You may not see the familiar test banner crawling across your screens. We want you to know this is a test,” FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said in a recent video posted on FEMA’s website.

FEMA has more information and videos here: www.fema.gov/eastest/

“It’s our opportunity to check to make sure that our systems are working across the country if we have a national emergency. Because of the system design not all of you will see the crawl that says this is a test. It will say this is an emergency alert. But we want you to understand this is a test,” Fugate said.

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 cyber incident.

DHS and FEMA are currently working on expanding the EAS by developing the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), which will allow nationwide alerts to be sent to wireless mobile devices and phones. Working with the FCC, they are also working on the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) and the Personalized Local Alert Network (PLAN), which would allow local alerts to be sent wireless technology and devices.

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Elon Poll: N.C. residents divided on Occupy Wall Street movement

Monday, November 7th, 2011

ELON UNIVERSITY, (NEWS RELEASE) — North Carolinians are evenly divided on their views of the Occupy Wall Street movement, according to the latest Elon University Poll, as protesters around the country continue making news with demonstrations against large banks and a political system that many of the activists say is broken.

Of those familiar with Occupy Wall Street, 45 percent hold an unfavorable opinion of the movement, and the same number reported a favorable opinion. Thirty-two percent of respondents consider themselves supporters of the movement and 26 percent consider themselves opponents.

The poll, conducted Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2011, surveyed 529 North Carolina residents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.26 percentage points. The sample is of the population in general, with numbers that include both landlines and cellular phones. The Elon University Poll does not restrict respondents by voter eligibility or likelihood of voting.

When asked whether the movement is aligned with a political party:

53 percent believe that Occupy Wall Street is aligned more with the Democratic Party
5 percent believe it is aligned with the Republican Party
34 percent said the movement is not aligned with a party

Meanwhile, four out of five North Carolinians are familiar with the Tea Party movement, and of those who are familiar, 42 percent say that they have a favorable opinion of the movement with 46 percent expressing an unfavorable opinion.

Three out of 10 respondents identified themselves as opponents of the Tea Party, but nearly as many considered themselves supporters.

“While the Tea Party has certainly emerged as a political player on the national scene, at this point it remains uncertain whether it will have a significant impact here in North Carolina this coming election year,” said Betty Morgan, director of the university’s Center of Public Affairs.

North Carolinians were also asked to identify who they thought was the “head of the Tea Party.” Almost half indicated that they “don’t know” who is the head of the Tea Party.

Other responses included:

Sarah Palin: 14 percent
Michele Bachmann: 5 percent
Republicans in Congress: 3 percent
Other Person: 11 percent
There is no Tea Party head: 18 percent

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Hot tar spill slows MLK

Monday, November 7th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An 18-wheeler caused a hot mess on Martin Luther King Parkway near Kerr Ave. this morning.

Wilmington Police say water somehow leaked into the tank carrying hot paving tar. The two don’t mix well together, and a safety valve caused a spillover on eastbound MLK.

Crews arrived on the scene around 7 a.m. causing the parkway do narrow down to one lane.

No one was hurt, and no other vehicles were involved.

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Family’s home damaged by fire

Monday, November 7th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A family of four made it out of their home safely during a fire this morning. It happened off Yorkshire Lane in the Lansdowne Estates neighborhood of Wilmington.

Investigators say a passerby saw the fire, and knocked on the door altering the family. The couple, their two children and the family dog were unharmed, but the flames damaged at least half the home.

Firefighters are still working on hot spots. No word yet what started the fire.

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Local business helping the homeless community

Monday, November 7th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC — The holidays are quickly approaching and Atlantic Dermatology stopped by Good Morning Carolina to tell us how they’re playing a part in helping those less fortunate.

Atlantic Dermatology is teaming up with Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network, a group of about 40 churches and congregations in the Wilmington area, to give families that are homeless a helping hand.

Dr Jonathan Crane said canned food and cleaning supplies are among the most needed supplies and they are holding a food drive this Friday, the 11th from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m for anyone to donate. It will be held at Atlantic Dermatology, 1099 Medical Center Drive in the parking lot.

For more information call Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network at 762-0339 or got o www.wihn.net.

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