Category: EAS and Amber Alerts

Attention U.P. Stations: Wisconsin Will Conduct Two Live Tornado Code Tests on April 11

The MAB has learned that Wisconsin Broadcasters will be conducting live tornado code EAS tests this coming Thursday.  Stations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, especially those near the Wisconsin border, should be prepared for any listener inquiries.  Also stations that may monitor Wisconsin-based stations for EAS purposes should take notice. Information on the tests is below:… read more

Statewide Tornado Drill: Wednesday, March 27

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared  March 24-30 to be Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Broadcasters and Emergency Management partners statewide are encouraging Michiganders to conduct a statewide tornado drill at 1 p.m. ET this Wednesday, March 27.   Broadcaster participation will take place with an EAS Required Monthly Test at 1 p.m. on March 27.  As with… read more

Statewide Tornado Drill Set for 1 p.m. on March 27

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared the week of March 24-30 Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Broadcasters and Emergency Management partners statewide are encouraging Michiganders to conduct a statewide tornado drill at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 27. Broadcaster participation will take place with an EAS Required Monthly Test at 1 p.m. on March 27.  As… read more

Sage Releases ENDEC Firmware Upgrade

RadioWorld reports that EAS equipment maker Sage Alerting Systems has announced a firmware upgrade for its ENDEC Model 3644.  The upgrade, #89-32, adds Blue Alert functionality. Blue Alerts are warnings about police that may be in trouble or are issuing a related emergency message. They are currently voluntary. The company adds, “The release notes also address… read more

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