[sbe-eas] Public 'service'??
br at telcen.com
Sat Jul 10 19:13:22 EDT 2010
> 1 - Create uniform criteria for certain Event Codes, such as -
> EVI, CEM, TOR, FRW etc (The heavy duty warnings) to prevent
> bogus and excessive use.
> 2- Make it a requirement that all electronic media systems forward
> them. (Radio, TV, Cable, CMAS Gizmo's etc)
These requirements are already part of the Pennsylvania State EAS Plan,
although Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are also mandatory here, some
might argue those aren't "heavy duty" enough.
> This would have the effect of -
> 1 - Making EAS a legitimate and dependable public warning system.
> One that emergency managers, weather forecasters etc could have
> confidence in would work for them in time of need.
> 2 - Make EAS a legitimate warning service that Joe Citizen could
> believe in and WANT TO HEAR
> And while we are at it -
> 1 - Eliminate ALL on-air testing.
> When the Warning Tone heard - It's serious (and not a test)
I'd agree with getting rid of the RWT, I think the RMT as handled in PA
in which the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency initiates the test
is still needed, as it tests the system in a manner that most accurately
simulates actual use.
> 2- Leave the Watches and Statements etc in the voluntary category.
That's how it is in PA, I don't think any station here carries the
Watches and Statements, although the news oriented stations will run
them as part of their news coverage.
> Clay Freinwald
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