What about a broadcast text message to all cell phones (free to subscriber) registered to a United States address?
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.
Include NOAA Weather Radio in upcoming National Test.
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 »
I liked the PSA ideas played in Friday's web meeting. NAB said, as I recall, that there were scripts on their website but I can't find them. Maybe this website would be a good place to post PSA ideas/scripts or links to them. Then we can "borrow" and/or adapt ideas from them.
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 »
Perhaps a way may be found to allow amateur radio emergency nets and 2 meter repeaters to carry the audio of the test. I'm an emergency communications coordinator for my local church and would appreciate a way to be included.
Bob Paine, KA3ZCI
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!
Why does CAP have to control EAS? CAP should work along side EAS to provide additional information when needed. Why not have EAS and CAP messages originate in the same system but be independent of each other. Making them redundant and not dependent on each other provides a more robust and reliable system. This provides us with the benefits of the new system but does not open the existing EAS chain to the frailty of the ...more »
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?
Would a toolkit with handouts, fact sheets, FAQs, and recommendations on messaging be helpful for State/local government to spread the word about the Test? Would a quick PSA template also help?
I don’t know if the National Alert Service is the correct forum, but I would like to address a recent issue that came up with Alert Systems in general. As you know, Western Massachusetts experienced an extreme snow event last week which put power out to almost all of Western Mass. and Connecticut. All of the “what to do in an emergency” manuals said keep a battery operated radio and wait for announcements. Well, with ...more »
In Indianapolis, we received the tones just fine but the audio message was coming over both of the stations we monitor as nothing but noise.
Anyone else get this?
I understand that the FIPS codes used for this test will be the Washington DC codes. I also understand that many EAS encoders will have no issue with this, as they ignore the FIPS codes for a EAN. Is there a list of equipment that will have issues using these codes?
How will this impact stations close to the Washington DC area, that can hear and may even monitor a DC station as their PEP?
While we complain of poor quality audio in EAS, the equipment is moving towards computer platforms. That means we now have sound card generated audio and consumer unbalanced audio I/O on EAS equipment. Can we achieve an audio quality similar to that of our normal programming with this equipment?