[sbe-eas] National FIPS Code
chscherer at everestkc.net
Sun Nov 27 12:05:34 EST 2011
The five-digit FIPS codes have two digits for the state and three digits for the county. If I recall, each county can further be subdivided into nine sections by adding an additional digit.
Online searches provide little info on this, and I don't know if current EAS units would recognize the longer codes.
This is one document I found.
On 11/27/11, Adrienne Abbott <nevadaeas at charter.net> wrote:
> The problem is that no one recognizes the "National" FIPS code, including
> the National Weather Service, the largest "consumer" of FIPS codes, as well
> as FEMA, the FCC and some manufacturers of EAS equipment...Entering multiple
> versions of something that doesn't officially exist won't make things any
> ...FIPS codes are an outmoded, outdated, old
> technology. FIPS codes identify counties and they don't do you much good
> here in the West where some counties are bigger than entire eastern states.
> Years ago manufacturers and programmers of emergency management equipment
> started using postal zip codes as a way to identify disaster locations. And
> now as a result of better mapping technology, the tool of choice is the more
> flexible "polygon".
> The point is, we need to move EAS completely out of the Cold War mentality.
> CAP gives us a way to do that as long as we don't keep it anchored to old
> Don Heppelmann wrote:
> Would it be so hard for FEMA or White House Com Agency to, find out all the
> various "national" FIPS codes, i.e. 00000, 99999, etc. and just enter them
> all into the alert? Just wondering.
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