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EAS Rules Clarification

EAS Handbook

Is the EAS Hanbook going to be updated before the test? In it currently the instructions for a National Level Activation are very confussing. It states that broadcasters will recireve the EAN and then have to instert a script including their station id, then put the national source on the air. I understand that this is not how it happened in Alaska?

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EAS Rules Clarification

Reporting after the National Test

It has been reported tha the FCC will require all broadcasters to submit a report after the National Test. Included in this report will be issues and information about whether or not a station did relay the test. Many people are concerned that this will open broadcasters upto potential fines from FCC. Will the FCC use any of the information, gained from the National Test,against broadcasters? What assurances will broadcasters ...more »

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EAS Rules Clarification

Required Weekly Tests

Currently Required Weekly Tests (RWT) do not include audio and therefore do not simulate all the elements of a real EAS event. Further, broadcasters are not warning originators so weekly tests do not simulate either manual or automatic relay of warnings from authorized emergency managers. I suggest that Part 11 be changed so closed circuit weekly or daily testing using IP can be used (if local plans permit it) to verify ...more »

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EAS Community Engagement Activities

Facebook, Google and internet communications

Millions of Americans use Facebook, Google, AOL to communicate. It would be very advantageous to establish contracts to syndicate EAS messages online during a national event. Additionally, it would be ideal to partner with social media outlets and email providers to create applications which allow users to voluntarily subscribe their email address and contact info into local emergency notification systems.

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EAS State Plans and Monitoring Assignments

Best Practices: Use of Local EAS Plans

Today's webinar did not really highlight the role of local EAS plans in verifying monitoring assignments. I think that the best practices document should refer broadcast and cable systems to their local plans to verify that all local monitor assignments are indeed connected to EAS devices. It might also remind everyone that having a local plan posted at the EAS operating point is an FCC compliance requirement.

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EAS Community Engagement Activities

The Cost of Public Outreach

Some of us are wondering who is going to create the public awareness campaign for the national test. The state broadcasting association was of immense value for the two Alaska tests, and came up with their "Chill, it's only a Drill" campaign. We need to ask for help with this from the advertising community, maybe through the NAB. The message may have to be adjusted since we will be dealing with 49 other states, but most ...more »

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EAS Community Engagement Activities

Outreach to Emergency Managers

I suggest that all SECC's reach out to their respective state's professional emergency management associations. Nationally, we need to do more outreach to NEMA, the organization that State emergency managers belong to. We need to not only meet with professional EM's at all levels, but ask them if we can get on programs for their conventions, and allow them the opportunity to meet with local broadcasters.

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EAS Rules Clarification

Cable Override Clarification

A number of cable systems today are locked into blanket channel override right now for EAS. The FCC should set a "date certain"when all cable head end equipment should be capable of selective override and at that "date certain", cable systems should assume TV stations will not be overridden UNLESS they ask their cable system in writing that they be overridden - a reverse of present policy. Part 11 should be adjusted accordingly. ...more »

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EAS Community Engagement Activities

WELCOME!

We'd like to welcome the EAS community to A National Dialogue of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). We look forward to your ideas and discussions on the various EAS topics and categories (on the left hand side of the page). Thank you for participating as we look forward to the June 9th EAS Participant Virtual Roundtable (click the link above).

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EAS Crawl Text, Color, Speed, Manual Switching, and Background Image

Safe Area

Would it make sense for a standard to be set concerning where on the screen an EAS crawl should be set? With aspect ratio conversion between carriers, differently formatted sets and all, should we establish a uniform raster location for alerts? Should it be different for watches versus warnings?

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EAS Audio Quality

EAS Modes

The Best Practices should contain a recap of the two basic EAS operating modes, manual and automatic, and how the automatic mode relates to the FCC's definition of unattended operations. The point is that stations running in the manual mode must truly be able to respond to incoming EAS events in a timely manner in compliance with Part 11.

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EAS Audio Quality

web enabled tools

At 2pm, a great majority of the country’s breadwinners will be engaged in their breadwinning without access to radio or TV, satellite, cable or otherwise – as these are not maintained in most offices or conference rooms by employers. These vectors of communication, while still necessary, are losing ground to, and for some people (my home) have been completely replaced by web enabled tools and media. I suggest opt-in ...more »

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EAS State Plans and Monitoring Assignments

EAS GIS Mapping

Develop a high-level GIS map to identify locations using GPS coordinates. Consider using the Protection of Critical Infrastructure Information to manage disclosure of EAS/IPAWS locations. Access could be managed through the Responders’ Knowledge Base. The map can be a scalable device and can use levels of access so it can be of use by agencies or the public. As the EAS system grows and includes other technologies, ...more »

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EAS Audio Quality

Thank You!

A big thank you to everyone for your support and great ideas. The responses from this community have not only enhanced our working draft of the best practices guide, but the proactive dialogue across the country has truely been a national effort. Let us know what other topics still need to be addressed. Thanks again everyone!

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