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Top 15 Scary Emergency Alerts Broadcast Live

15. Amber Alert State and local authorities have some access
to the Emergency Alert System in use with missing children. These alerts are often referred to as Amber
Alerts, which began in 1996. Amber alerts can be used to share information
of missing or abducted children on a county or statewide level. Most of these alerts describe the missing
child and any information of their last whereabouts. Uploaded in 2016, this video shows an Amber
Alert that aired during the popular children’s show Arthur. The description reads “This Child Abduction
Emergency (aka Amber Alert) was broadcast on WFWA-DT2 in Fort Wayne, IN, ironically
during an imagination sequence on the show Arthur, in which Arthur and D.W. are about
to be captured by the evil Ratburn.” Aside from the common discomfort of these
alerts, the episode in which it aired is indeed ironic and unsettling. 14. Nickelodeon The national Emergency Alert System test is
designed to run on any and all programming at the same time, regardless of what is being
aired. This footage, shows the test from 2011 being
aired on Nickelodeon, a popular kids channel. During an episode of the Fairly Oddparents,
a message scrolls across the bottom of the screen to warn of the upcoming test. Perhaps this is in an effort to warn viewers. Of course, the problem is that most viewers
are children and likely couldn’t read or would simply not pay attention to the warning. A few moments later the test is aired, complete
with loud tones. While the test is required, you can imagine
some kids were confused or even scared during the message and probably thought something
was wrong. There’s not much that can be done about
this but it goes to show the strange fear associated with it. 13. End of Times Unfortunately there has been a few pranks
or hoaxes pulled when it comes to the Emergency Alert System. In 2017, a false emergency alert was broadcast
across Southern California after a routine test of the actual system. The message warned that the world would end
September 23rd, a few days after the broadcast was aired. This date was predicted, at the time, to be
the date a random planet would collide into the Earth and destroy it. The message not only warned of the doomsday,
but also hinted about an uprising erupting between citizens. Investigators were unsure if the broadcast
came from a hacker, or was caused by interference of a nearby radio station. Many thought the voice resembled a nearby
evangelical pastor, who had his own radio show and often preached about the end of times. Whatever the case, it’s unsettling to consider
the confused citizens when the message was forced into their homes. 12. Phone EAS After the rise of cell phone popularity, the
Emergency Alert Systems was integrating into cellular messaging apps so that alerts could
be sent to phones, as well as broadcast over the air. This makes it possible for alerts to reach
people that are not near TV’s, and also helps with smaller scale messages like Amber
Alerts and weather warnings that are local. Despite how useful the messages are, and their
intent for your safety, it can still be scary in the middle of your work or sleep if you
haven’t already deactivated notifications. This video, posted by Jack McCallum in 2015
shows what Emergency Alert System messages look and sound like on two different iPhones. They certainly complete their intended task
of grabbing your attention. 11. CNN EAS Test In November 2011, the Nationwide Emergency
Alert System was tested for the first time. Though many news and radio stations warned
of the test beforehand, some viewers were still taken aback by it. Additionally, this test seemed to fail in
various ways which leaves citizens concerned about the effectiveness of the system during
a real emergency. This video uploaded shows the test as aired
on CNN. The message began by freezing the programming,
emitting several warning tones, and displaying the message “This is only a test”, several
times across the screen. In addition, a narration explaining the test
and the use of the system was played. After about 30 seconds, regular programming
was resumed. However, in some locations the message was
not played at all, some broadcasts lost audio, failed to freeze programming, or did not let
the clip run for exactly 30 seconds. In fact, apparently, some broadcasts lasted
6 times as long as intended. Overall, the test was considered a failure. 10. Civil Emergency This short video shows the Civil Emergency
Alert message on TV. Appearing on May 22, 2011. According to the uploader, “This would have
been more suited as a tornado watch, but since it was originating from the city of Elgin
they issued it as a Civil Emergency Message.” There’s a clear difference between a Tornado
watch and Civil Emergency, so seeing a message like this could be very disturbing. As Civil Emergency messages are only used
in times of “significant threats to public safety”, this could have caused a panic
in the surrounding area. 9. Sesame Street Another prime example of how strange the Emergency
Alert System can be comes from this 2012 footage. The description explains that the users children
were watching Sesame Street around 10 am when the alert aired. The message was a Tornado Drill test that
aired in Northbrook, Illinois. It helps to demonstrate how the loud tones
used in these tests can be quite bothersome and disturbing. Again, testing like this is necessary for
viewer safety, but such a sharp noise early in the morning is still agitating. 8. Regular Testing For TV lovers, or even those of us that love
having our favorite shows on as background noise, weekly or monthly tests for local alerts
are common and even expected. Some people have become quite indifferent
to the alerts, but others are still bothered by it after years. This video uploaded in 2012, shows a run of
the mill test that aired during daytime TV. The interesting thing about videos like this
is seeing how tests and alerts differ from state to state. Often times, the tests are weather oriented
for location. For example areas with common flooding usually
test their flash flood warning, other locations test for tornado drills, and so on. 7. 1992 L.A. Riots From April 29th to May 4th in 1992, riots
broke out across Los Angeles, California. Known as the Rodney King riots and the Battle
Of Los Angeles; the riots sparked after a trial acquitted four LAPD officers of usage
of excessive force in the heavily covered arrest of Rodney King. On the second day of rioting the Emergency
Broadcast System was used statewide for the first time ever, to warn of the chaos. The alert itself simply interrupted regular
programming with a loud tone. It released information about the riots, locations
that were closed or affected, and implemented a curfew. By the end of the riots there were 63 reported
passings, 2,383 injuries, and over 12,000 arrests. 6. Hacking Determined hackers can unfortunately gain
access to Emergency Alert systems on local levels. Over the last few decades several false messages
have been aired to viewers. Some have warned the end of times, and others
are less serious. This one for example, warns of a zombie outbreak. Uploaded
in 2014, the description reads “The Emergency Alert System computers at the KRTV television
station in Montana were hacked last year.” The uploader also states that this prank was
highly illegal, and that is very true. We were unable to find any information on
who the hacker was and if they were ever charged for their actions. 5. Tornado Warning Another flaw of the Emergency Alert System
that oftens frightens viewers is the narration that accompanies the video. While most information is displayed via text,
a voice recording is often included for viewers that have sight problems. Of course, these voice clips are often very
low quality, muffled, distorted or impossible to understand. This 2014 upload shows a local tornado warning
in which the narration is very muffled. The viewers sit around and laugh at the footage,
but also express how eerie the message is overall. Aside from the obvious fact that these voice
overs are nightmare fuel, they also pose an unsettling problem with viewers that can’t
see the text. Imagine hearing this blaring warning without
being able to understand the cause. 4. Radio Alert Perhaps more off putting than TV alerts, radio
alerts are also a common tool. Obviously, with radio alerts there is no text
displayed for the listener, so instead they are met with unexpected loud tones and the
muffled voice overs. Thanks to the lack of text, often times the
warning is played for several seconds before a message is shared. If you aren’t expecting a test, or you’re
unaware of what is causing the message, you are forced to wonder if you’re in danger
or not while driving on the road. This can cause great anxiety and panic in
listeners and could potentially cause accidents though none have been directly reported. This video was uploaded in 2016 and shares
a FM radio EAS test while the user was driving. 3. 911 Outage / Radio This video, uploaded, in 2014 shares the rare
radio broadcast of a 911 outage. This type of alert is used to warn citizens
that 911 cannot be reached. The message is aired across TV, radio and
cell phones. This message occurred in Butler County, Pennsylvania. It is clearly enough to startle a driver,
and in addition the sheer fact of knowing that 911 access is down can be worrisome. On the brightside, at least in this broadcast,
the voice over is crisp and clear so the message doesn’t have to be decoded. 2. Shelter in Place
According to the American Red Cross, Shelter in Place warnings are used when “chemical,
biological, or radiological contaminants may be released accidentally or intentionally
into the environment”. When this warning is aired residents should
“select a small, interior room, with no or few windows, and take refuge there.” These alerts are common in areas with many
chemical plants, in the event of an explosion, or if severe weather has caused damage to
locations equipped with chemicals. This video shows NOAA systems blaring a Shelter
in Place warning from 2014. Systems like this are much more effective
in sharing these alerts because the messages and instructions are much clearer. Before we get to number 1, my name is Chills
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we upload every Tuesday and Saturday. 1.The Hawaii Missile Hoax This EAS was issued on January 13, 2018. You may recognize this incident from the viral
screenshot of the alert, stating that a “ballistic missile” was inbound, and to cease any doubt,
the last sentence states “this is not a drill”. This video shows the alert playing over a
basketball game. Understandably, this alert caused mass panic
in Hawaii. 38 minutes later, the alert was followed up
stating “false alarm”. This was truly a horrible mixup involving
the Emergency Alert System.


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