Category: EAS and Amber Alerts

Nationwide EAS Test Scheduled for August 11, 2021: Verification of EAS Information Due by July 6 in ETRS

Special via David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Last week, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing an August 11, 2021 nationwide EAS test, with a backup date of August 25 if there are conditions that prevent the test from occurring on the initial date.  The test is scheduled for 2:20 PM EDT.  For broadcasters, this test will… read more

FCC Approves Repeating EAS Alerts

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday (6/17) unanimously approved several updates to its rules governing the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The FCC concluded alert repetition can be integrated into alert origination software as an automated function. That will allow the alert originator to program how, when, and for which EAS event codes it will need… read more

Reminder: Statewide Tornado Drill This Coming Wednesday, March 24

Additional resources, tips for listeners and viewers and graphics are available here. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared  March 21-27 to be Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Broadcasters and Emergency Management partners statewide are encouraging Michiganders to conduct a statewide tornado drill at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday, March 24. Broadcaster participation will take place with an… read more

Statewide Tornado Drill: Wednesday, March 24

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared  March 21-27 to be Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Broadcasters and Emergency Management partners statewide are encouraging Michiganders to conduct a statewide tornado drill at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday, March 24. Broadcaster participation will take place with an EAS Required Monthly Test at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.  As… read more

FCC Issues an EAS Enforcement Advisory

The Federal Communications Commission is reminding broadcasters and other EAS participants of their obligations to comply with the Emergency Alert System rules, including ensuring that alerts are accessible to persons with disabilities. “In reporting on the most recent national level test of the EAS, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau noted improvements in… read more

Congress Advances Bill Requiring Radio To Put Some EAS Alerts On Repeat

The lame duck session of Congress has delivered its first move that could directly impact radio. On a voice vote this week, the House passed the Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement Act or “READI Act” (H.R. 6096). It would, among other things, require radio and television stations to repeat alerts issued by the president, rather… read more