BWWG Helps State EAS Planners
A group of emergency warning advocates is working to help
states rewrite their EAS plans to reflect the upgrade to the Common Alerting
Protocol and better promote preparedness at the state and local level.
The Broadcast Warning Working Group has developed a sample
plan for State Emergency Communication Committees to follow that offers
suggestions of best practices on how to include the new CAP provisions. While
the CAP requirement is a national requirement, warning advocates reiterate that
state plans are key in how local alerts are delivered.
The SECC sample plan was pulled from the rewrite of the California
state plan along with elements from other state plan rewrites like Washington
state, said Richard Rudman, a core member of BWWG.
“I believe Alabama and Washington state have gone a long way
on their rewrites, but I would think that no one can submit a new state plan to
the FCC for its approval until [the FCC] incorporates updated monitoring
assignments for their local areas,” said Rudman.
There is no absolute requirement for states to have an EAS
plan; but if they do, the commission must review the document to make sure it’s
consistent with national EAS plans and FCC regulations, according to the FCC’s
Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau.
The sample plan includes three basic purposes: it outlines howthe chief executive
the governor, the National Weather Service and authorized local/regional government
entities canprovideemergencymessagesaffectingalargearea,multipleareas,ortheentire areaofthestate.
It also provides guidanceforthebroadcast
Emergency AlertSystem. And it outlines the framework for how
emergency warning centers and the broadcast community can work together.
The BWWG’s sample SECC plan is available here.
The deadline for broadcasters to have Common Alerting
Protocol-compliant EAS equipment in place is June 30, 2012. No further deadline
delay by the FCC is expected