Federal Alerts

Communicating Federal Alerts to the Public across New York

Federal Alerts

FEDERAL Emergency Alert System (EAS)

NYSBA works closely with FEMA, the FCC, and other federal officials to ensure 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.

Blue Alerts

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.