The EAS is the Emergency Alert System which replaced the Embergency Broadcast System in the mid-90s.
As a sidenote, it is amazing that the EAS was no activated here in the DC area during the 9/11 attacks. But it was activated for the 9/24/01 College Park tornado and subsequent tornado and severe storm outbreaks this year...
I remember being in DC then. Being gainfully unemployed at the time, I slept through the whole thing. I remember thinking "why didn't that air-raid siren thing they set off every Wednesday at noon go off?
Expressing myself EVERY day - but especially on July 22, 2002!
Well, BVM, you could do that, but then you'd have a less fair system of health care (which I'm not convinced would actually be cheaper), a hell of a lot of money spent on prisons, and a War on Drugs, to boot, without actually stopping the drug use.