Local radio and television broadcasters occupy a critical role during emergencies. We are the “First Informers” connecting our communities to public safety officials. Our news coverage serves as the “eyes and ears” of government officials during a crises. During emergencies, many stations provide uninterrupted life-saving information. Our one-to-many broadcast system allows us to send detailed emergency messages to all New Yorkers simultaneously free of charge. We are founding partners in the state AMBER Alert program and fully support programs to help vulnerable persons.

FEDERAL Emergency Alert System (EAS)

Federal EAS Plan and Monitoring

NYSBA works closely with FEMA, the FCC, and other federal officials to insure a fully functional emergency alert system is in place throughout New York State. Federal emergency messages are received by key broadcast stations throughout the state and transmitted to the public over a network of radio and TV stations.

  • To access a copy of the New York State Emergency plan click HERE.

Click the Region below for the Monitoring assignment in your area:

  1. Buffalo
  2. Allegany
  3. Jamestown
  4. Rochester
  5. Elmira
  6. Syracuse
  7. Tompkins-Cortland
  8. Delaware-Chenango-Otsego
  9. Binghamton
  10. Jefferson-St. Lawrence-Lewis
  11. Utica-Rome
  12. Plattsburgh
  13. Capital District
  14. Lower Hudson Valley
  15. Mid Hudson Valley
  16. Sullivan
  17. New York City
  18. Long Island

Test Schedules

Common Alert Protocol Requirement (CAP)

New Federal rules require all stations to have equipment that can receive new Common Alert Protocol signals. To help stations comply with the new CAP rules, FEMA and the FCC have provided important information for stations.

Click here to access information regarding new CAP rules (Pass code protected)


NYSBA works with the NY State Division of Homeland Security, New York City’s Office of Emergency Management, and other local jurisdictions to insure that state and local emergency communications systems are operational.

  •  CLICK HERE to access state and local emergency information. (Pass code protected)
  • CLICK HERE for NY Alert CAP information.

Amber Alerts

NYSBA is a founding member of the AMBER Alert Program in the state of New York. When an AMBER Alert is issued, local stations relay the necessary information. Over the years this systems has saved hundreds of lives.

  •  CLICK HERE for more information regarding AMBER Alerts

Vulnerable Person Alerts

NYSBA fully supports new laws to help find missing vulnerable persons. The new system will save lives and is important to our communities

  •  CLICK HERE for  information regarding Vulnerable Person Alerts.