For more than a year the FCC has been working on a uniform filing system for state EAS plans. Last week the FCC issues a Public Notice announcing the opening of a new web portal for EAS plans. According to the FCC:
“By this Public Notice, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) announces that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Alert Reporting System (ARS) is now open for the filing of State Emergency Alert System (EAS) Plans.1 The EAS is a national public warning system used by state, local, federal, Tribal and territorial alert originators to deliver emergency alerts to the public.2 The ARS is a comprehensive online filing system for EAS by combining the existing FCC EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) with a new, streamlined electronic system for the filing of State EAS Plans.
State EAS Plans must describe state and local EAS operations and contain guidelines that must be followed to activate the EAS. Electronic submission of State EAS Plans in ARS will be required within one year of publication in the Federal Register of a public notice announcing the availability of the ARS to receive such information. Following such publication, the Bureau will release a public notice announcing the one-year filing deadline for submission of State EAS Plans in ARS.”
NYSBA will be examining this new portal and filing an updated NY State EAS plan.
To see the FCC’s Public Notice click HERE.
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