Emergency Communications: The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and All-Hazard Warnings [Updated November 12, 2004] [open pdf - 56KB]
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is one of several federally managed warning systems. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) jointly administers EAS with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in cooperation with the National Weather Service (NWS), an organization within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NOAA/NWS weather radio system has been upgraded to an all-hazard warning capability. In June 2004, NOAA and the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) signed an agreement that will allow DHS to use the NOAA/NWS network for its alerts and warnings. This report summarizes the technology and administration of EAS and the NOAA/NWS all-hazard network, and some of the key proposals for change. It will be updated.
CRS Report for Congress, RL32527