FCC Announces Deadlines for State EAS Plan Submissions
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 | Comments

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) announced that the one-year deadline for filing state Emergency Alerting System plans, as well as the deadline for compliance with state EAS plan content rules, will be July 5, 2022.

In 2018, the FCC adopted the Alerting Report System (ARS), which was intended to modernize state EAS plan submissions and provide uniformity across state EAS plans, both in terms of format and terminology, while affording sufficient flexibility to accommodate each state emergency communications committee’s (SECC) unique needs.

In adopting the ARS, the commission indicated that electronic submission of state EAS plans would be required within one year of publication of the public notice announcing the availability of the ARS to receive those plans in the Federal Register. The notice was published on July 1.

When the commission adopted ARS, it also amended it rules governing state EAS plans to include specific content requirements and EAS designations. Compliance with those requirements is due at the same time as the state plans in the ARS system.

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