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New Codes Hot Topic at EAS National Meeting

New Codes Hot Topic at EAS National Meeting

“I can’t tell you we’re not on borrowed time now,” said Peter LaPorte, head of the District of Columbia’s Emergency Management Department to attendees of the EAS National Advisory Committee meeting in Washington Friday.
He said emergency preparedness is essential for any disaster, not just a terrorist attack, referring to 9/11.
Rose Parkes, deputy chief information officer for FEMA, offered the agency’s condolences to the families of engineers who died atop the World Trade Center.
Attendees discussed the new EAS civil emergency, weather and natural disaster event codes recently approved by the FCC. The changes are set to go into effect next week. Broadcasters and local emergency management groups will decide what codes to implement and upgrade station’s EAS encoders/decoders and train staff about the changes codes.
Clear Channel’s Al Kenyon was elected NAC Chairman at the meeting, replacing Infinity’s Richard Rudman.

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