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12-12-17
This Public Notice provides an initial overview of the 2017 nationwide EAS test results. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) and the National Weather Service (NWS), concluded a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 2:20pm EDT on September 27, 2017. The nationwide test was designed to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS, with an emphasis on test FEMA`s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), the integrated gateway through which common alerting protocol-based (CAP-based) EAS alerts are disseminated to EAS participants. The test also provided the Commission with an opportunity to evaluate improvements implemented by EAS Participants since 2016 nationwide EAS test, and for the Commission to monitor the performance of EAS Participants in transmittting EAS messages.

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08-31-17
In order to optimize the value of the EAS Operating Handbook (Handbook) for EAS Participants, the Handbook provides blank spaces in a writeable format for EAS Participants that may wish to tailor the handbook to accommodate their individual procedures. EAS Participants may save and print a tailored version for posting at their facility. Appropriate State or Local Emergency Communications Committee personnel and the manufacturer of your facility’s EAS device may have additional information that will assist you in utilizing this Handbook.

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07-24-17
Today, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) provides notice to all Emergency Alert System (EAS) Participants that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in collaboration with the FCC, will conduct a nationwide test of the EAS on September 27, 2017 at 2:20 PM EDT.1 The Bureau also provides notice that the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) is now open and accepting 2017 filings and that the EAS Operating Handbook is now available to EAS Participants.

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07-13-17
NPRM: Amendment of Part 11 of the Commission`s Rules Regarding the Emergency Alert System

Similar to the use of AMBER Alerts to recover missing children, states may use Blue Alerts to notify the public when there is actionable information related to a law enforcement officer who is missing, seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, or if there is an imminent and credible threat to an officer. The Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015 (Blue Alert Act) was enacted to encourage, enhance, and integrate state Blue Alert plans to ensure consistent and effective Blue Alert delivery nationwide. The Blue Alert Act identifies the Department of Justice (DOJ) as the national coordinator for Blue Alerts, responsible for establishing voluntary guidelines for states and local governments to use in developing compatible and integrated Blue Alert plans. The DOJ has identified the need for a dedicated Blue Alert event code in the Emergency Alert System (EAS), saying that such a code would provide an effective means of galvanizing the necessary public awareness to protect officers. The DOJ additionally states that a dedicated Blue Alert EAS event code would serve as a central and organizing element for Blue Alert plans, thereby facilitating and streamlining new and existing Blue Alert plans into a coordinated national framework. To support the important public policy goal of protecting our nation`s law enforcement officials, and in light of DOJ’s finding, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposes to revise the Federal Communications Commission`s rules to adopt a new EAS event code, "BLU," as the dedicated event code for Blue Alerts.

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04-05-17
All the acronyms you need to know for EAS

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