Category: EAS and Amber Alerts

2019 Regional EAS RMT Schedules Posted

The MAB has posted the monthly RMT schedules for 2019 on its website.  The schedules indicate the date and time of the RMT in each region and who the originator of the test will be (usually a local primary station, though in some instances the test may be originated at the local emergency management level)…. read more

EAS Alerts On Repeat?

This past week, InsideRadio reported that Emergency Alert System warnings would become a lot harder to miss under a bill advancing in Congress. It would allow the government to put the alert on repeat while a threat remains pending. This proposal, along with other EAS rule changes, came about following the erroneous missile alert in… read more

Nationwide EAS/WEA Test Next Thursday (9/20); Don’t Forget the Reporting

A reminder to broadcasters that this coming Thursday, September 20 at 2:20 p.m. Eastern, FEMA and the FCC will be conducting another nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.  This year’s test will also include testing of WEA, the Wireless Emergency Alert System – so in addition to conducting a broadcast Emergency Alert System text,… read more

EAS Updates – Nationwide Test, Filing Deadline for Revised Form 1, and New Rules for Use of EAS Tones and Reporting of False Alerts

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The last month has been one where there has been lots of activity dealing with EAS. The FCC announced that it will be conducting a Nationwide EAS Test on September 20, 2018. The FCC has been conducting these Nationwide tests routinely over the last few years (see, for instance,… read more

Hackers set off Sirens in Genesee County

Genesee County 911 Board Director Mark Emmendorfer has told WEYI-TV (Flint) that the county has been having problems with their emergency warning sirens being set off–and that they are now searching for the culprit or culprits behind the incidents. The warning sirens in Genesee County have been activated a handful of times over the span… read more

FCC Announces Emergency Alerting Webinar for July 25

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), have announced an upcoming webinar on the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts. The free webinar will focus on issues relevant to broadcasters, cable television service providers, wireless service providers, state and local emergency… read more

FCC Adopts New EAS Testing Procedures, False Alert Reporting, PSA Rules

On Thursday (July 12), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took the latest in a series of actions designed, it says, to bolster the reliability of the nation’s emergency alerting systems and support greater community preparedness. In a Report and Order adopted, the commission set forth procedures for authorized state and local officials to conduct “live… read more