New guidance is available to SECCs on how best to prepare and file info on multilingual EAS activity.
A new public notice released from the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau provides details on how state emergency communications committees (SECCs) must prepare and submit summaries of EAS participants’ plans to provide EAS alert content in languages other than English to their non-English speaking audiences. This is a requirement under Section 11.21(d) of Federal Communications Commission rules.
It was back in March 2016 that the commission adopted an order that revised EAS regulations and established new reporting requirements to ensure the FCC had sufficient information on a station’s interest in providing EAS alert content in languages other than English.
Under the new rules, EAS participants were initially required to provide info to their SECCs on either the current actions they have taken to make EAS content alert available in languages other than English or on future actions they plan to take. That deadline was Nov. 6, 2017.
Now, SECCS must update their own state EAS plans with a summary of information received from these participants to the FCC before May 4.
The public notice released by the bureau gives specific guidance on how SECCs can amend their state plans with these new summaries — which should include information such as the total number of participants that plan to provide EAS alert content in another language as well as the total of participants that do not plan to do so.
That information should be submitted in writing via email or mail. Emails can be sent to Gregory.Cooke@fcc.gov or via mail to:
Gregory M. Cooke
Deputy Chief, Policy and Licensing Division Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554