CHAPTER 1.18 Emergency Alert System

DAVID E. WILSON

Consumer Electronics Association Arlington, Virginia

OVERVIEW

The purpose of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is to enable the President of the United States to speak directly to the public over broadcast and cable channels during a national emergency. A secondary purpose is to enable state and local government leaders to speak directly to the public during state and local emergencies. The EAS requirements are described in Part 11 of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Rules [1]. The specific details outlined in this chapter are current as of the November 10, 2005, release of the FCC Report and Order in EB Docket No. 04-296 ("In the Matter of Review of the Emergency Alert System"). ...

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