Because the Emergency Alert System (EAS) equipment is required to be connected to the Internet, broadcasters have been introduced to all manner of security risks. However, these risks exist for any key system a broadcaster may have connected to an untrusted external network like the Internet.
Sedgwick County Emergency Management (SCEM) is responsible for mitigation,
preparedness, response, and recovery from disasters and emergencies regardless of their cause. This includes disasters from natural, man‐made, and homeland security related causes. Emergency Management’s jurisdiction is a
county with a population of more than 500,000, covering more than 1,000 square miles, and is home to Wichita, the largest city in Kansas.
On November 9th, 2011, FEMA and the FCC will conduct the first national test of the EAS system in the lower 48 states. All broadcast radio and television stations are required to participate in this test, and report back to the FCC within 45 days with their test results.
This advisory is written to provide broadcasters with some key information about the upcoming national EAS test. Below, we provide basic background on the operations of national alerts during an “actual” emergency, as well as detail on the upcoming national EAN test procedures scheduled for November 9th, 2011.
PDF -CAP, EAS AND IPAWS
Introducing a Defense-in-Depth Security Strategy for Broadcasters
PDF - CAP Converters: A Regulatory Analysis
Our customers and partners have asked us for clarification of a number of key issues relating to where so-called “CAP converters” fall under current and expected FCC rules. We are pleased to provide the following analysis.
PDF - State / Local EAS Systems
Challenges for Broadcasters Facing State, Local and Federal CAP EAS Systems & Interoperability requirements.