One of the most thoughtful, constructive, contributive and dedicated people working towards EAS improvement from the start has been the long-time Chair of the Wisconsin SECC, Gary Timm. Gary is now an EAS subject expert consultant for the Touchstone Consulting Group. He was, like several core members of the Broadcast Warning Working Group (BWWG) that sponsors the EAS Forum, a former member of the SBE’s EAS Committee, and a valued member of the EAS National Advisory Committee (NAC). While on the SBE Committee, Gary was the principal author of a very important document that came into play regarding the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), the EAS CAP Roadmap. That document called for the formation of a number of specific working groups to flesh out various sections of the CAP EAS virtual elephant:
Group 1. EAS CAP Profile WG
Group 2. EAS CAP Distribution Network WG
Group 3. EAS CAP Alert Presentation WG
Group 4. EAS CAP Training WG
Group 5. EAS CAP Equipment WG
Group 6. EAS CAP FCC Rules/FEMA Directives Study WG
Group 7. EAS CAP Alert Origination WG
Several very important CAP EAS goals were advanced due to the formation of the EAS-CAP Industry Group (ECIG) and the CSRIC, the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council. We’d like to think that the Broadcast Warning Working Group and Gary’s AWARE Forum [http://www.awareforum.org/ ] also fit in with the goals for the groups proposed in the CAP EAS Roadmap by presenting well thought out proposals, doing detailed analysis of FEMA and FCC documents, and expressing the distilled sentiments of our stakeholder subscribers.
So, we are proud to announce that we have concluded an agreement with Gary’s AWARE Forum for him to post items that appear on our EAS Forum site. The AWARE Forum has likewise offered the BWWG access to post on the AWARE Forum site. We value Gary’s past, present and future contributions. We know subscribers to the EAS Forum will benefit from his insights, and we hope to make worthy contributions to the AWARE Forum.
One other thing we know. There is still a lot of work yet to be done.
 One of Touchstone Communications [http://touchstone.com/] clients is FEMA. Their website says that ”… bringing key officials, responders and constituents to the same table to gain consensus on language and terminology is a critical component to ensure effective interoperable communication in the emergency response community.”