Emergency Alert System

When emergencies and disasters of all types occur, the rapid and effective dissemination of instructions and essential information can significantly help to reduce loss of life and property. Because the broadcast industries provide a major source of news and information, it is appropriate for all levels of government to utilize these industries to disseminate emergency information to the public during disasters. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is the formal mechanism established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the broadcast and cable industries to voluntarily organize and plan for this purpose.

The State of Georgia's Emergency Alert System (EAS) plan was developed by the State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC) (a committee formed of volunteers from the broadcast, cable and emergency management professionals and the National Weather Service) to provide emergency information and instructions for the citizens of Georgia. This document will become part of the National Basic Emergency Alert System (EAS) Plan. The Georgia EAS Plan is based on the assumption that self-help and mutual cooperation on the part of Georgia citizens will save lives and protect property in times of emergencies and disasters.

The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is the central clearinghouse for state emergency communications under the EAS Plan. The GEMHSA headquarters in Atlanta is staffed 24 hours per day with trained professionals capable of responding quickly to emergency situations. In addition, GEMHSA is a “hardened site” equipped with emergency power, supplies and structural reinforcement. GEMHSA is the point of contact for state/local authorities to activate the state EAS network.