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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1994 | SARA CATANIA
The Simi Valley Council on Aging is offering an emergency alert system to low-income residents over the age of 55 who spend a lot of time alone in their homes. The devices, called Lifeline Systems, are hooked to a telephone and a mechanized cord that hangs around the user's neck. When the wearer pushes a button attached to the cord, it triggers a call for help to Simi Valley Hospital.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The FCC has gone cuckoo over Coco -- and not in a good way. The federal agency that regulates the airwaves wants to hit TBS with a $25,000 fine for a promo of Conan O'Brien's nightly talk show. The reason? The spot for "Conan" that aired this summer spoofed the Emergency Alert System, which the FCC takes seriously. The EAS -- a successor to the old Emergency Broadcasting System, whose tests would interrupt TV and radio broadcasts -- is designed to ensure that top government officials can communicate directly with the public during national crises or natural disasters.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV The "Conan" promo used the familiar and jarring tones that precede EAS messages -- which is a no-no for the FCC, which helps administer the system.
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NEWS
March 3, 1988
Community Hospital, in conjunction with Emergency Response Systems Inc., is offering an emergency alert system to ensure quick and efficient responses to medical emergencies occurring in the home. The system is designed for individuals with specific medical needs requiring prompt attention and for those who live alone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Monday marked the first time in California that officials notified the public of a statewide Amber Alert through their cellphones, a California Highway Patrol official said. It differed from phone to phone, but sometime between late Monday and early Tuesday many mobile phones across Southern California received an Amber Alert related to two missing children in San Diego. James Lee DiMaggio is suspected of killing Christina Anderson, 44, of Lakeside and kidnapping one or both of her children: Hannah Anderson, 16, and Ethan Anderson, 8. Amber Alert Q&A: Why it happens, how to turn it off Christina Anderson's body was found Sunday night in the burning rubble of a house in the rural community of Boulevard in eastern San Diego County, authorities said.
NEWS
September 19, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The federal government is allowing television and radio stations to suspend routine tests of the emergency alert system this month to avoid creating confusion or fear after last week's terrorist attacks. The Federal Communications Commission will not punish broadcast stations or cable systems for not conducting the required tests before Oct. 2, the agency said.
NEWS
December 14, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Federal agencies unveiled a new Emergency Alert System designed to warn the public of everything from wars to hurricanes by beaming information to their television sets, radios, pagers and compact disc players. The new system can activate consumer electronic devices even when they are turned off. It is the successor of the old Emergency Broadcast System, whose repetitive tests on broadcast channels have long been tuned out by most people as boring.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
President Obama, who has been called the texter-in-chief, will soon have the ability to send any cellphone in the U.S. a text message warning of impending danger, from a tornado to a terrorist, under a new emergency alert system called PLAN. The new system is an expansion of the Federal Communications Commission's emergency alert system, which is currently broadcast over radio and television. Short for Personal Localized Alerting Network, the system will first be rolled out in New York City by the end of 2011, with the rest of the U.S. to follow by about the middle of next year, the FCC said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The FCC has gone cuckoo over Coco -- and not in a good way. The federal agency that regulates the airwaves wants to hit TBS with a $25,000 fine for a promo of Conan O'Brien's nightly talk show. The reason? The spot for "Conan" that aired this summer spoofed the Emergency Alert System, which the FCC takes seriously. The EAS -- a successor to the old Emergency Broadcasting System, whose tests would interrupt TV and radio broadcasts -- is designed to ensure that top government officials can communicate directly with the public during national crises or natural disasters.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV The "Conan" promo used the familiar and jarring tones that precede EAS messages -- which is a no-no for the FCC, which helps administer the system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2002 | CAITLIN LIU and JON ORTIZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A system to alert the public about abducted children was used statewide for the first time Thursday, generating emergency broadcasts and messages on 500 electronic freeway signs about the car being driven by the kidnapper of two Antelope Valley teenagers. Within hours, the California Child Safety Amber Network was being praised for helping authorities rescue the two girls from Roy Ratliff, the suspected kidnapper who was shot dead by police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Monday marked the first time in California that officials notified the public of a statewide Amber Alert through their cellphones, a California Highway Patrol official said. It differed from phone to phone, but sometime between late Monday and early Tuesday many mobile phones across Southern California received an Amber Alert related to two missing children in San Diego. James Lee DiMaggio is suspected of killing Christina Anderson, 44, of Lakeside and kidnapping one or both of her children: Hannah Anderson, 16, and Ethan Anderson, 8. Amber Alert Q&A: Why it happens, how to turn it off Christina Anderson's body was found Sunday night in the burning rubble of a house in the rural community of Boulevard in eastern San Diego County, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather
Los Angeles police cleared Cal State L.A. on Thursday afternoon after a bomb threat forced the evacuation and closure of the campus. The campus was cleared about 2:30 p.m., police said. However, it remained closed off more than an hour later, and a university tweet said classes were canceled for the remainder of the day. About 4 p.m., a bomb squad was examining a backpack left behind at a McDonald's at Eastern Avenue and Ramona Boulevard, near the main university entrance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
The caller stood at a pay phone outside a Carl's Jr. in El Monte and warned police: Bombs will explode in two hours, he said. One at Cal State L.A. , the other at UC Berkeley. The reactions of the two public universities, though, were markedly different. At Cal State L.A., administrators sounded fire alarms across campus, evacuated dorm rooms and classrooms and canceled school for the rest of the day. UC Berkeley police officials deemed the same threat "low credibility" and the campus proceeded with business as usual.
NATIONAL
April 4, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Authorities are investigating a report that a gunman has been spotted at the University of Rhode Island, officials said Thursday in a message sent to the university community. No injuries have been reported and there are no reports of shots being fired. But as a precaution, classes at the school's Kingston campus have been canceled and students and others were urged to stay indoors until the investigation is completed. The alert was sent shortly after 12:30 p.m. EDT. “The university is still investigating reports of a man with a gun in or around Chafee Hall on the Kingston campus,” the school said . ”We have notified the campus community through our emergency alert system, the website, and email to 'secure yourself indoors (not Chafee)
BUSINESS
May 11, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
President Obama, who has been called the texter-in-chief, will soon have the ability to send any cellphone in the U.S. a text message warning of impending danger, from a tornado to a terrorist, under a new emergency alert system called PLAN. The new system is an expansion of the Federal Communications Commission's emergency alert system, which is currently broadcast over radio and television. Short for Personal Localized Alerting Network, the system will first be rolled out in New York City by the end of 2011, with the rest of the U.S. to follow by about the middle of next year, the FCC said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2003 | Stuart Pfeifer, Christine Hanley and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
As the deadly Cedar fire raced toward mountain communities early on the morning of Oct. 26, San Diego County did not activate an emergency system that uses radio and television stations to warn about natural disasters. The fire killed 12 people that morning, including some who died trying to escape the flames. But Tom Amabile, a senior coordinator for the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services, said his office was not told that evacuations were occurring until 3 a.m.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2003 | Nancy Rivera Brooks, Times Staff Writer
California lurched into its first electricity emergency of the year Wednesday because of high temperatures around the state as well as power plant and transmission line outages. The Stage 1 emergency, which meant the state was within 7% of running out of electricity, came a day after energy officials said California had adequate supplies for the summer but that serious generation or transmission mishaps could prompt blackouts.
NATIONAL
April 4, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Authorities are investigating a report that a gunman has been spotted at the University of Rhode Island, officials said Thursday in a message sent to the university community. No injuries have been reported and there are no reports of shots being fired. But as a precaution, classes at the school's Kingston campus have been canceled and students and others were urged to stay indoors until the investigation is completed. The alert was sent shortly after 12:30 p.m. EDT. “The university is still investigating reports of a man with a gun in or around Chafee Hall on the Kingston campus,” the school said . ”We have notified the campus community through our emergency alert system, the website, and email to 'secure yourself indoors (not Chafee)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2003 | Stuart Pfeifer, Christine Hanley and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
As the deadly Cedar fire raced toward mountain communities early on the morning of Oct. 26, San Diego County did not activate an emergency system that uses radio and television stations to warn about natural disasters. The fire killed 12 people that morning, including some who died trying to escape the flames. But Tom Amabile, a senior coordinator for the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services, said his office was not told that evacuations were occurring until 3 a.m.
NATIONAL
May 18, 2003 | Jube Shiver Jr., Times Staff Writer
The Emergency Alert System, an icon of national security since the Korean War, is hobbled by outdated technology and in danger of being tuned out by a public weary of an expanding array of warnings and advisories, government officials and outside experts say. With Americans spending more time surfing the Internet and talking on cell phones, experts caution that fewer hear the "this is only a test" warning message aired monthly by television, radio and cable stations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2002 | CAITLIN LIU and JON ORTIZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A system to alert the public about abducted children was used statewide for the first time Thursday, generating emergency broadcasts and messages on 500 electronic freeway signs about the car being driven by the kidnapper of two Antelope Valley teenagers. Within hours, the California Child Safety Amber Network was being praised for helping authorities rescue the two girls from Roy Ratliff, the suspected kidnapper who was shot dead by police.
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