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Emergency Alert System
The replacement system for the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS). This system, based on the same structure as EBS, will allow local government representatives, to put out local warnings and alerts from and for their geographic areas. The EAS will also allow alerts and warnings to be broadcasted even if the participating radio station is unmanned after certain hours. The Emergency Alert System (EAS), is a national system in the U.S. put into place in 1997, superseding the Emergency Broadcast System and administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The EAS covers both radio and television (including low-power stations), and cable television companies.
Emergency Alert System (EAS)
AM & FM Handbook
What is EAS (NOAA Weather Alerts)
MEMA’s Guide to the National Weather Service Watches, Advisories and Warnings
that a weather event
occur. A WATCH is typically issued first, informing citizens there is a
that a significant weather event could occur. Citizens are encouraged to stay informed and be ready to act.
– is issued when a hazardous weather event is occurring, imminent or likely. ADVISORIES are for
serious conditions that are
to cause significant inconvenience and could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property if caution is not exercised. ADVISORIES
are intended to heighten citizen’s awareness of a pending weather event and encourage citizens to follow an appropriate plan of action, stay informed, and be prepared.
– is issued when a hazardous weather event is occurring, imminent or likely. A WARNING means weather conditions are
pose a threat to life and/or property
. People in the WARNING area need to
to protect themselves and their families, and stay.
This is a test... You've heard these words before; Read about the history of EAS
Maryland Amber Alert System
Maryland State EAS Plan
Maryland State EAS Plan - Draft: Pending Approval
Draft - Local Baltimore Area EAS Plan
5401 Rue Saint Lo Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136
Toll Free: 1-877-MEMA-USA (1-877-636-2872)