National broadcast of Emergency Alert Test gets barely passing grade

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PHOENIX -- The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Communications Commission held its first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System Wednesday, but it didn't exactly go off without a hitch.

The alert was supposed to flash on every television and radio station in the country.

But in some parts of the nation, the alert was delayed or never broadcast at all. It's been reported that Lady Gaga was played or the signal was switched to QVC.

But that's not the only problem.

"There needs to be some kind of additional notification process like with cell phones or email or some other way or system of notifying people in the event that there is an emergency," Charlee LeBleu said.

FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security says it's working on an updated system that would send an emergency message to phones and websites.

Until then, there's an app for that, and a twitter account to keep you up to date.