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FCC to Host August Workshop to Promote Wider Use of Emergency Alert System (EAS) - Streamed Live on the Internet

August 10, 2015
Source: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

On Thursday, August 27, 2015, the FCCs Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau will host a workshop to promote the wider use and increased accessibility of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The workshop will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters, located at 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554.

As part of the FCCs continuing commitment to ensure that emergency alert and warning systems are effective and available to all Americans, the workshop will explore two key issues:

  • How to improve the usefulness of the EAS for emergency managers at the state and local levels (e.g., Emergency Operation Centers, Public Safety Answering Points, Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services), and
  • How to improve the accessibility of alerts to people with disabilities.

The workshop will be streamed live with open captioning over the Internet from the FCCs web page at Those watching the live video stream of the event may e-mail event-related questions to

Sign language interpreters, open captioning and assistive listening devices will be provided on site. Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fulfill. To make a request for reasonable accommodations or materials in accessible formats, contact or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).

For additional information about the meeting, please contact John A. Evanoff, Policy and Licensing Division, PSHSB at (202) 418-0848 or via e-mail at or Cheryl King, Disability Rights Office, CGB at (202) 418-2284 or via email at:

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