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FCC 11.21
Revised as of December 6, 2018
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  § 11.21   State and Local Area plans and FCC Mapbook.

   EAS plans contain guidelines which must be followed by EAS
   Participants' personnel, emergency officials, and National Weather
   Service (NWS) personnel to activate the EAS. The plans include the EAS
   header codes and messages that will be transmitted by key EAS sources
   (NP, LP, SP and SR). State and local plans contain unique methods of
   EAS message distribution such as the use of the Radio Broadcast Data
   System (RBDS). The plans also include information on actions taken by
   EAS Participants, in coordination with state and local governments, to
   ensure timely access to EAS alert content by non-English speaking
   populations. The plans must be reviewed and approved by the Chief,
   Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, prior to implementation to
   ensure that they are consistent with national plans, FCC regulations,
   and EAS operation.

   (a) State EAS Plans contain guidelines that must be followed by EAS
   Participants' personnel, emergency officials, and National Weather
   Service (NWS) personnel to activate the EAS. The Plans include
   information on actions taken by EAS Participants, in coordination with
   state and local governments, to ensure timely access to EAS alert
   content by non-English speaking populations. State EAS Plans must be
   updated on an annual basis. The plans must be reviewed and approved by
   the Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, prior to
   implementation to ensure that they are consistent with national plans,
   FCC regulations, and EAS operation. State EAS Plans must include the
   following elements:

   (1) A list of the EAS header codes and messages that will be
   transmitted by key EAS sources (NP, LP, SP, and SR);

   (2) Procedures for state emergency management officials, the National
   Weather Service, and EAS Participant personnel to transmit emergency
   information to the public during an emergency via the EAS, including
   the extent to which the state's dissemination strategy for state and
   local emergency alerts differs from its Presidential Alerting strategy;

   (3) Procedures for state and local activations of the EAS, including a
   list of all authorized entities participating in the State or Local
   Area EAS;

   (4) A monitoring assignment matrix, in computer readable form, clearly
   showing monitoring assignments and the specific primary and backup path
   for emergency action notification (EAN)/Presidential Alert messages
   from the PEP to all key EAS sources (using the uniform designations
   specified in § 11.18) and to each station in the plan, organized by
   operational areas within the state. If a state's emergency alert system
   is capable of initiating EAS messages formatted in the Common Alerting
   Protocol (CAP), its EAS State Plan must include specific and detailed
   information describing how such messages will be aggregated and
   distributed to EAS Participants within the state, including the
   monitoring requirements associated with distributing such messages;

   (5) State procedures for conducting special EAS tests and Required
   Monthly Tests (RMTs);

   (6) A list of satellite-based communications resources that are used as
   alternate monitoring assignments and present a reliable source of EAS
   messages; and

   (7) The SECC governance structure utilized by the state in order to
   organize state and local resources to ensure the efficient and
   effective delivery of a Presidential Alert, including the duties of the
   SECC, the membership selection process utilized by the SECC, and the
   administrative structure of the SECC.

   (b) The Local Area plan contains procedures for local officials or the
   NWS to transmit emergency information to the public during a local
   emergency using the EAS. Local plans may be a part of the State plan. A
   Local Area is a geographical area of contiguous communities or counties
   that may include more than one state.

   (c) The FCC Mapbook is based on the consolidation of the monitoring
   assignment matrices required in each State EAS Plan with the
   identifying data contained in the ETRS. The Mapbook organizes all EAS
   Participants according to their State, EAS Local Area, and EAS
   designation. EAS Participant monitoring assignments and EAS operations
   must be implemented in a manner consistent with guidelines established
   in a State EAS Plan submitted to the Commission in order for the
   Mapbook to accurately reflect actual alert distribution.

   (d) EAS Participants are required to provide the following information
   to their respective State Emergency Communications Committees (SECC)
   within one year from the publication in the Federal Register of a
   notice announcing the approval by the Office of Management and Budget
   of the modified information collection requirements under the Paperwork
   Reduction Act of 1995 and an effective date of the rule amendment:

   (1) A description of any actions taken by the EAS Participant (acting
   individually, in conjunction with other EAS Participants in the
   geographic area, and/or in consultation with state and local emergency
   authorities), to make EAS alert content available in languages other
   than English to its non-English speaking audience(s),

   (2) A description of any future actions planned by the EAS Participant,
   in consultation with state and local emergency authorities, to provide
   EAS alert content available in languages other than English to its
   non-English speaking audience(s), along with an explanation for the
   Participant's decision to plan or not plan such actions, and

   (3) Any other relevant information that the EAS Participant may wish to
   provide, including state-specific demographics on languages other than
   English spoken within the state, and identification of resources used
   or necessary to originate current or proposed multilingual EAS alert
   content.

   (e) Within six months of the expiration of the one-year period referred
   to in subsection (d) of this section, SECCs shall, as determined by the
   Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, provide a
   summary of such information as an amendment to or as otherwise included
   as part of the State EAS Plan filed by the SECC pursuant to this
   section 11.21.

   (f) EAS Participants shall, within 60 days of any material change to
   the information they have reported pursuant to paragraphs (d)(1) and
   (2) of this section, submit letters describing such change to both
   their respective SECCs and the Chief, Public Safety and Homeland
   Security Bureau. SECCs shall incorporate the information in such
   letters as amendments to the State EAS Plans on file with the Bureau
   under this section 11.21.

   [ 72 FR 62134 , Nov. 2, 2007, as amended at  77 FR 16700 , Mar. 22, 2012;
    80 FR 37174 , June 30, 2015;  81 FR 27351 , May 6, 2016;  83 FR 37759 , Aug.
   2, 2018]

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