NAB has received a number of inquiries asking where to get official
information and documentation about the Emergency Alerting
System, CAP requirements and the EAS National Test. Below are a number
of links to the FCC and FEMA websites that station engineers can use
as resources to navigate the EAS landscape.
Federal Communications Commission
FCC EAS main Web page can be found at this link.
It contains background information on the EAS and links to other
documents on the Commission's website.
On May 26, the FCC released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
(NPRM) that asks over 130 questions about how the Commission should
modify its Part 11 rule to accommodate the implementation of CAP
(see TechCheck from June
6, 2011). The NPRM is at this link.
Comments on the NPRM are due on July 20, 2011 and the reply comments
are due on August 4. To file comments, go to the FCC's Electronic
Comment Filing System.
The Docket number is EB 04-296.
about FEMA's IPAWS project is on their website.
The website contains information about the history of IPAWS and
all its various related programs including the EAS.
As part of the implementation of CAP, FEMA requires the manufacturers
of CAP compliant encoders/decoders to submit their products to the
Conformity Assessment Program. This program evaluates a vendor's
products for adherence to the IPAWS CAP Profile for alert message
creation and dissemination. Products that conform have a Supplier's
Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) posted to the FEMA Responders Knowledge
Base (RKB) website. To find the list of products that have completed
the program do the following:
1. Go to FEMA Responders Knowledge website.
2. On the grey bar at the top of the page, hover over "Other
Content", click certifications and declarations.
3. Put "IPAWS" in the search window.
4. Click the new search button.
The current list will appear in the search results window.
also maintains a blog where it posts and seeks feedback on EAS related
topics. This "open dialog on the EAS" is located on their
"Ideascale" Web page.
Both the FCC and FEMA maintain on-line resources containing information
about the upcoming National EAS Test. This is the FCC's page.
FEMA's National Test
website is also accessible from their main IPAWS page.
Recently, there have been two on-line dialogs regarding the EAS,
the NPRM and the National Tests. On June 9, 2011 FEMA held two Virtual
Roundtable discussions. The audio recordings from these sessions
are available at the links below (caution: these are direct links
to very large files).