Things are crazy here in Spokane right now. We've got 60 MPH + winds and it's just starting to rain. My power and cable keeps going on and off and they say we are going to get a lightning storm over the next hours too. I guess it is so bad there was actually and emergency broadcast signal on TV and the radio.
I had only heard the test signals as a kid growing up. I had never really heard these used for real "emergencies" until I moved to Spokane. In the past 10 or so years I bet I've heard these things at least 5 times. Usually it's just for some sort of storm warning though. Right now the local news keeps popping up on tv and telling us how bad it is. They usually overplay things quite a bit though.