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National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook, 11th Edition by Garrison C. Cavell

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Chapter2.10

Broadcasting Emergency Information

Gary E. Timm

Broadcast Chair, Wisconsin State Emergency Communications Committee

Milwaukee, WI

Overview

Most broadcasters carry emergency information, both as a public service to their audience and because of regulatory requirements. Along with this practice come certain responsibilities, primarily described in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules.1 The bulk of these requirements are found in FCC rules Part 11 addressing broadcaster participation in the Emergency Alert System (EAS), but the Commission also has certain other requirements found in FCC rules Part 79 regarding the broadcast of both EAS and non-EAS emergency information by TV stations. Both of these FCC rules sections will ...

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