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April 12, 2013 – FCC Releases Long Awaited National Test Report

April 12, 2013
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April 12, 2013 – FCC Releases Long Awaited National Test Report

The Broadcast Warning Working Group (BWWG) just received a PDF copy of the National EAS Test Report entitled, “Strengthening the Emergency Alert System (EAS): Lessons Learned from the Nationwide EAS Test”. We have not yet read and digested this report, but decided that it needs to get out to the widest possible audience as...

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EAS: Very Much a Work in Progress

February 6, 2013
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EAS: Very Much a Work in Progress

The National Test: What Do We Know? FEMA originated the first-ever national EAS test over one year ago on November 9, 2011. EAS stakeholders are still waiting for action from the FCC on what the test accomplished. Most of what we know officially about test issues has come from FEMA. According to information quoted...

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DIRS Detailed Information for East Coast Giant Storm

October 29, 2012
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Disaster data collection has been activated for Hurricane Sandy. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has asked that we send this urgent email to our affected broadcast stations. The FCC has developed the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) to receive information on the status of your communications equipment in the disaster area. The area of...

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Rest In Peace: BWWG Core Member Ann Arnold

September 1, 2012
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Rest In Peace: BWWG Core Member Ann Arnold

Core BWWG member and long time supporter of improved public warnings Ann Arnold passed away Saturday, September 1. She was 67. Her relentless support for improved warnings will be sorely missed by us all, but Ann’s work in other areas on both the Texas state level and nationally leave a deep void in our...

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The BWWG’s Open “Letter” to the National Weather Service

August 20, 2012
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An Open “Letter” to the National Weather Service from the Broadcast Warning Working Group August 20, 2012 Dear National Weather Service: You have been in the warning business longer than most of us. Warnings about weather that can affect our lives adversely are your mission and, in general, you do it well. However, when...

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What’s New with EAS: Waiting for one More Shoe to Drop

August 18, 2012
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What’s New with EAS: Waiting for one More Shoe to Drop

There is a new development on the EAS front that we should watch – closely. The FCC released a public notice on August 17 stating that the FCC is going to “share” results of the national EAS test with the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The purpose, the notice gives for this is that the...

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June 30, 2012 – The EAS CAP Deadline!

June 30, 2012
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June 30, 2012 – The EAS CAP Deadline!

The long-awaited deadline for those subject to the Federal Communications Commission’s art 11 EAS Rules is here for Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Compliance. Latest word is that there are at least 1000 back orders for equipment at this time. Sorry. No sympathy from me for those who are not in compliance today. There was,...

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Current CAP-EAS Q & A

May 17, 2012
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Current CAP-EAS Q & A

I did an EAS program on May 16 for the San Diego SBE Chapter. I have done several programs for broadcasters and emergency managers related to CAP-EAS and hope to do more. After doing several of these programs, there are still lots of unanswered questions on the minds of those subject to Part 11...

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Version 4.0 – SECC Sample Plan Download – 5/8/2012

May 1, 2012
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NOTES: This update is a result of incorporating feedback and suggestions from a number of SECC sources. Version 4.0 incorporates changes to the structure and operation of the SECC, and a FEMA graphic that illustrates the IPAWS OPEN structure. Version 3.1 incorporates corrections and changes suggested by manufacturers and SECC Chairs specific to CAP...

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FCC TTS decision effective date – And thanks to our subscribers!

April 23, 2012
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For anyone wanting a respected legal opinion on the nature and impact of the FCC’s reversal of their decision on Text-To-Speech, David Oxenford with the law firm of Davis Wright Tremain LLP posted just that on the Broadcast Law Blog. David confirms what we have heard from other sources that this decision will take...

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