FCC Votes To Review EAS Issues
May 31, 2007 at 2:10 PM (PT)
The FCC voted at its THURSDAY open meeting to open another rulemaking procedure to review Emergency Alert System services, including alerts for non-English speakers and access by local and state officials. The process will also attempt to measure the effectiveness of the alert system in reaching the public.
In response to the Commission's actions, the NAB issued a statement saying, "We applaud the Commission for proactive leadership in improving public warning and the Emergency Alert System, including much-needed outreach with state and local officials to ensure a robust EAS system.
"NAB and our member stations will continue to work closely with the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and the Department of Homeland Security on credentialing standards for broadcast personnel to have access during emergencies, preparedness checklists and voluntary outage reporting. We look forward to discussions on how improved digital alerting technology can be deployed to ensure that all Americans, including non-English speakers and people with disabilities, have access to emergency information."