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On Sept. 19th, 2003 this writer contacted the FCC about the events of 9-11 2001 in New York City and the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Most know the EAS as that weekly noisey tone that comes on your favorite radio station with instructions "This is only a test... etc. etc.". I received a prompt reply from Suzanne M. Tetreault, the Associate Chief of Staff at the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission.

The Question

From: mary titus
Sent: Friday, September 19, 2003 1:08 PM
Subject: EAS on 9-11

TO: Emergency Alert System, FCC

For an article I'm doing on events of 9-11-2001, I'd like to know if an EAS announcement was made at any time in the New York City area on the morning of 9-11-2001.

Was an announcement made in the afternoon?

Was it made in a district outside New York's 25 million population metropolitan area near New York City?

If no announcement was made- why not?

Was any individual supervisor at EAS reprimanded or complimented by the FCC for actions of that day?

If an alert was made what was the text? Who aired it [some media did 'shared' broadcasting that day].

I didn't hear an announcement but I had one station only on, broadcast in New York City area, so I'd like clarification from EAS.

Mary Titus

CC: Congressman Rangel, D-NY

The Answer

From: "Suzanne Tetreault"
Sent: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 14:25:54 -0400
To: Mary Titus
Subject: FW: EAS on 9-11

Ms. Titus -- In response to your questions,

(1)   the EAS system was not activated on 9/11/01.

(2) a decision to activate EAS would be made by the president (for national level) or by the affected state (for state level), or by local authorities, so the FCC has no information on why EAS was not used that day.

Suzanne M. Tetreault
Associate Chief, Chief of Staff
Enforcement Bureau
Federal Communications Commission

Where Were State, City?

There was enough chaos in Manhattan to make New York City leadership unable to call for an alert. Indeed, the city command post for emergency operation was collapsing along with the towers. But there was no such damage in Albany. And the (p)Resident calmly read a goat story while New Yorkers were panic struck, fearful of more attacks. Unconfirmed accounts were repeated often on the news of another plane, or more planes on the way. The alert never went out from the EAS to clarify the air security situation. No one was told what to do. Bridges were closed and underground transit stopped.

We ask: What constitutes an 'emergency' if September 11th wasn't one?

What is the Emergency Alert System for?

What is the (p)Resident's excuse?

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