FCC Adds “Blue Alerts” to EAS Messages- 12 Month Phase In Period Adopted

The FCC had added a new EAS ”Blue Alert” requirement. “Blue Alert” event codes will be added to existing EAS codes. Blue Alerts can be used by state and local authorities to notify the public of threats to law enforcement and to help apprehend dangerous suspects. Blue Alerts warn the public when there is actionable information related to a law enforcement officer who is missing, seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, or when there is an imminent credible threat to an officer.

The FCC’s decision provides a 12-month implementation period for Blue Alerts to be delivered over the Emergency Alert System and 18 months for delivery over the Wireless Emergency Alert system.

To see a copy of the FCC’s decision click HERE.