Society of Broadcast Engineers FAQ

The U.S. government created the Emergency Alert System (EAS) to be a means for the President to communicate with the public in times of a national emergency. The EAS is also used locally by broadcasters and others to inform citizens of local or regional emergencies including those that are weather related. Many members of the SBE have responsibilities to maintain EAS equipment at their stations. Through the SBE EAS Education Committee, the SBE seeks to provide information to our members that will help them implement, maintain and operate the EAS systems they are responsible for. The SBE also serves as a resource of expertise to the broadcasting community and the FCC on EAS-related matters.