Assuring that both CAP and classic EAS messages propagate should be listed as a "best practice" for SECC's to consider when rewriting state plans.
EAS State Plans and Monitoring Assignments
Does your state plan include a list of LP and NWS stations that Participating Stations monitor? Where is your list available? What do you do if you can't monitor your monitoring assignment?
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 »
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.
Is the Internet really less reliable than broadcast? Back in May I sent a notice to the stations on my EAS list asking if they had Internet service at their studios for their new CAP EAS equipment. There are more than 200 stations in the Nevada EAS Operational Area. Of the 46 that responded, only 1 did not have Internet service. And in that case, it is the owner’s choice to not have Internet service…he doesn’t want to... more »
Reports of interruptions to the Internet after the Northeast Quake are coming in. Maybe more people will now be more open to what Washington State calls Local Relay Networks (LRN's) to reinforce links between warning centers and broadcast entry points? The BWWG brought this issue up in our recent Comments filed with the Commission. When the SBE was filing Comments on previous EAS issues, the EAS Committee recommended... more »