After the FEMA webinar on 9/1, I got several inquiries from non-participating (NN) stations asking what they should do. Don't we need official notice/instructions from either the FCC or FEMA explaining what they should do? Two of the ideas that were asked: - Simply log the EAN, and continue broadcast operations as usual? - Log the EAN, and do something else during the Test (such as, note that there is a national ...more »
EAS Rules Clarification
The EAT is redundant to the EAN's EOM. Propose to change part 11 to remove this alert code from EAS system.
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 »
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 »
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?