The Georgia Association of Broadcasters, along with our partners at GEMA, NOAA, and the Governor’s Office, have created a new EAS plan for all broadcasters in the state. Click here to view the new plan.
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A GAB member recently contacted us to clarify their responsibilities relative to Georgia’s Emergency Alert System/EAS. We asked Dan Davis, legendary Georgia consulting engineer and proprietor of D Squared Broadcast Technologies in Madison, Georgia to give us the skinny:
All participating broadcast stations must conduct tests of the Emergency Alert System at regular intervals, as specified in FCC rules and regulations. Additional tests may be performed at any time, and activations or special tests may be performed in lieu of required tests.
All broadcast stations must originate at least one test each week (RWT), consisting of the Header Codes and the EOM Codes. These tests must be conducted at random days and times. If a station is unable to originate a RWT, an explanation must be made in the station records.
All stations must successfully decode at least one RWT from each monitored source each week. There must be one test from the monitored LP-1 station and one test from the monitored LP-2 station, plus one test from the IPAWS CAP source. If a station fails to receive any of these tests, the station is required to investigate the cause and make appropriate entries in the station records.
All stations are required to forward one test each month (RMT). These tests are originated at the state level, and consist of the Header Codes, Attention Signal, Test Script, and EOM Codes. These tests must be forwarded within 60 minutes of being received. If a station fails to receive a monthly test, the cause must be determined and appropriate entries must be made in the station records. A weekly test is not required during the same week that a monthly test is conducted.
National tests will be scheduled by the FCC in consultation with FEMA. Stations will be notified at least two months prior to a scheduled national test, and all stations must relay the test. The results of this test must be logged and provided to the FCC within 45 days following the test. This test will replace the Required Weekly Test and Required Monthly test in the week and month in which it occurs.
The EAS may be activated for emergencies or special tests at the state or local level, instead of the weekly or monthly tests. To qualify as a monthly test, the activation must include Header Codes, Attention Signal, Emergency Message, and EOM Codes and comply with visual message requirements. To qualify as a weekly test, the activation must include Header Codes and EOM Codes.
Originate at least one RWT
Receive at least one RWT from LP-1
Receive at least one RWT from LP-2
Receive at least one RWT from IPAWS
Receive and Forward RMT from GEMA
Anyone interested in more details about the EAS can refer to the 47 CFR 11of the Code of Federal Regulations. More information can be found in the links below.
A GAB thanks to Dan Davis. You can reach Dan by clicking here.
Required Monthly EAS Test Dates, Times for Remainder of 2013
Statewide tests of the Emergency Alert System will be conducted as prescribed by the
FCC and the Georgia EAS Plan.
Tests will be between 8PM and sunrise in even months and between 8AM and sunset in odd months.
You do not have to run a weekly test in those weeks with a RMT.
Tests will be broadcast on the last Wednesday of the month as scheduled below.
October 30 3:45am
November 27 4:45pm
December 25 4:45am
Inaugural Angelo R. Ditti, Jr. Award For Excellence In Broadcast Engineering
GAB created the Angelo R. Ditti, Jr. Award for Excellence In Broadcast Engineering to recognize the achievements and lasting impact of Angelo, who passed away in December 2012. The inaugural recipients of this award were the four engineers who participated directly in creating Georgia’s new EAS Plan along with GAB, GEMA, the FCC, the National Weather Service, and the Governor’s Office.
The Ditti Award was given out following remarks by Georgia Homeland Security Director Charley English at GAB Honors Night 2013, and went to Dick Boekeloo, Robert Butler, Dan Davis, and GAB’s ABIP Engineer Frank McLemore.
Angelo Ditti created the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) program for GAB. Many of our members remember learning much about the FCC’s expectations of broadcasters as they followed Angelo around their stations. Congratulations to our inaugual “Ditti” winners. We look forward to giving these awards out to deserving broadcast engineers in future years.
NOTE: New 2013 EAS Required Monthly Test-RMT schedule is available for download here: 2013 EAS RMT
- GAB ASK THE CHIEF
- EAS Handbook
- EAS READINESS KEY FACTS
- 2013 EAS RMT Schedule
- LP-2 National Primary Relays-Revf-Georgia National Primary Stations
- LP1 2012correction-Georgia Regional Primary Stations
- Georgia Counties by EAS Regions
- Certified EAS Equipment Vendors
- NOAA Weather Radio Stations
- GAB/GBI AlertNet
- GBI Public Alert System