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FCC Begins Approving Updated State Alerting Plans

Illinois and Nevada have received the FCC thumbs up

An image of part of a map of Nevada with a red pin stuck in it
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State Emergency Communications Committees are starting to receive word of FCC approval of their newly submitted EAS and alerting plans.

Adrienne Abbott, EAS chair in Nevada, said she has received word that the state’s submission using the new Alert Reporting System had been approved by the Federal Communications Commission.

This is the second plan approved so far, after the plan from Illinois.

Abbott said the Nevada SECC was involved in providing feedback during the ARS beta tests and subsequently when ARS went live.

The FCC staff is required to complete its review of the incoming plans within 60 days of the July 5 filing deadline, when plans for all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and four territories were due. The commission has not reported how many plans were received but it told us last month that a majority of committees did meet the deadline. A list of approved plans will be available on its website.

The commission earlier also released a Public Notice to provide further guidance to the states.

[Read more Radio World coverage of state plans as well as EAS cyber vulnerabilities]