As broadcasters remain on the front lines of providing emergency information to their audiences, it is exciting for stations to be a part of the existing EAS, as well as new initiatives designed to provide a more comprehensive solution for emergency communication.
At the end of the 180-day period when all EAS Participants must have CAP equipment installed, FEMA will have the capability to provide CAP alerts to all broadcasters and cable operators.
Under the proposed rules, all EAS participants will have to tell the FCC whether they received the test, whether they retransmitted it, and if there was a problem, exactly what that was.
An additional two weeks have been granted to file comments and reply comments on EB Docket No. 04-296.
The updated site provides resources for EAS management.
The FCC, FEMA, the NWS and the EOP have begun planning for a national EAS test, with subsequent tests to occur thereafter.
The test will be sent Jan. 6, 2010, at 10 a.m. Alaska Time.
The reality is that EAS does not really work as well as it was intended. Editor Chriss Scherer does not believe any broadcast station should ever, as part of a standard plan, originate an alert.
While important, EAS can be tricky. The EASyCAST encoder/decoder from Trilithic has taken away most if not all of the potential EAS headaches.
The EAS-CAP Industry Group is a broad coalition of equipment, software and service providers to the Emergency Alert System.
Conference attendees learn how the PA-Starnet system was used during the G-20 Summit.
The plan envisions a range of devices with embedded HD Radio technology, including digital AM/FM radios, personal media devices and cell phones, personal computers, and other communication channels.
The efforts combines ibiquity's expertise in digital radio, Spectrarep's technologies for emergency notification and public safety information, and Sage's experience with EAS.
Several versions of the Hawk and now the Studio Hawk have been an indispensible safety net for our operations in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa for several years now. I feel comfortable enough to "disengage" from constant monitoring knowing the Studio Hawk will alert me the minute any one of our stations has an audio problem.
This is a chance for broadcasters to provide input into the Common Alerting Protocol standard that will likely be adopted by FEMA for the next generation of EAS.
The new unit was designed to keep up with the changes in digital broadcasting and additions to EAS, including the Common Alert Protocol (CAP).
Several readers share their views on the method and status of updating the emergency alert system.
The plan is to adopt the protocol during the first quarter of calendar year 2009.
The FCC has an open rulemaking to update one aspect of public warning: the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The current EAS has been in use for more than 15 years, and by itself, it is an improvement over the EBS, but it still has shortcomings.
The FCC has updated the EAS Handbooks for participating stations. The new handbooks, which stations are required to post at control points, have been updated for satellite radio and TV, and digital radio services.
Four emergency warning companies will demonstrate how their systems work together to create a next-generation integrated public alert system.
Targeted alerts and messages are delivered by satellite to FM facilities and can be received on Alert FM receivers and other mobile devices.
The mid-July 2007 further notice of proposed rulemaking from the FCC concerning EAS has begun the process of bringing the system into the 21st Century. However, the FCC action raises more questions than it answers.
The new EAS rules are designed to facilitate delivery of emergency information across a variety of platforms in a digital format and to provide improved access for disabled persons. The change likely to have the greatest impact on broadcasters is the FCC's adoption of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) for all EAS participants.
According to a release from the FCC, the order promotes the development of fully digital next generation technologies and delivery systems that will better serve the American public.