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§ 11.31 EAS protocol.
(a) The EAS uses a four part message for an emergency activation of the
EAS. The four parts are: Preamble and EAS Header Codes; audio Attention
Signal; message; and, Preamble and EAS End Of Message (EOM) Codes.
(1) The Preamble and EAS Codes must use Audio Frequency Shift Keying at
a rate of 520.83 bits per second to transmit the codes. Mark frequency
is 2083.3 Hz and space frequency is 1562.5 Hz. Mark and space time must
be 1.92 milliseconds. Characters are ASCII seven bit characters as
defined in ANSI X3.4-1977 ending with an eighth null bit (either 0 or
1) to constitute a full eight-bit byte.
(2) The Attention Signal must be made up of the fundamental frequencies
of 853 and 960 Hz. The two tones must be transmitted simultaneously.
The Attention Signal must be transmitted after the EAS header codes.
(3) The message may be audio, video or text.
(b) The ASCII dash and plus symbols are required and may not be used
for any other purpose. Unused characters must be ASCII space
characters. FM or TV call signs must use a slash ASCII character number
47 (/) in lieu of a dash.
(c) The EAS protocol, including any codes, must not be amended,
extended or abridged without FCC authorization. The EAS protocol and
message format are specified in the following representation.
Examples are provided in FCC Public Notices.
[PREAMBLE]ZCZC-ORG-EEE-PSSCCC + TTTT-JJJHHMM-LLLLLLLL-(one second
[PREAMBLE]ZCZC-ORG-EEE-PSSCCC + TTTTpJJJHHMM-LLLLLLLL-(one second
[PREAMBLE]ZCZC-ORG-EEE-PSSCCC + TTTT-JJJHHMM-LLLLLLLL-(at least a one
(transmission of 8 to 25 seconds of Attention Signal)
(transmission of audio, video or text messages)
(at least a one second pause)
[PREAMBLE]NNNN (one second pause)
[PREAMBLE]NNNN (one second pause)
[PREAMBLE]NNNN (at least one second pause)
[PREAMBLE] This is a consecutive string of bits (sixteen bytes of AB
hexadecimal [8 bit byte 10101011]) sent to clear the system, set AGC
and set asynchronous decoder clocking cycles. The preamble must be
transmitted before each header and End of Message code.
ZCZC—This is the identifier, sent as ASCII characters ZCZC to indicate
the start of ASCII code.
ORG—This is the Originator code and indicates who originally initiated
the activation of the EAS. These codes are specified in paragraph (d)
of this section.
EEE—This is the Event code and indicates the nature of the EAS
activation. The codes are specified in paragraph (e) of this section.
The Event codes must be compatible with the codes used by the NWS
Weather Radio Specific Area Message Encoder (WRSAME).
PSSCCC—This is the Location code and indicates the geographic area
affected by the EAS alert. There may be 31 Location codes in an EAS
alert. The Location code uses the codes described in the American
National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard, ANSI INCITS 31-2009
(“Information technology—Codes for the Identification of Counties and
Equivalent Areas of the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Insular
Areas”). Each state is assigned an SS number as specified in paragraph
(f) of this section. Each county and some cities are assigned a CCC
number. A CCC number of 000 refers to an entire State or Territory. P
defines county subdivisions as follows: 0 = all or an unspecified
portion of a county, 1 = Northwest, 2 = North, 3 = Northeast, 4 = West,
5 = Central, 6 = East, 7 = Southwest, 8 = South, 9 = Southeast. Other
numbers may be designated later for special applications. The use of
county subdivisions will probably be rare and generally for oddly
shaped or unusually large counties. Any subdivisions must be defined
and agreed to by the local officials prior to use.
+ TTTT—This indicates the valid time period of a message in 15 minute
segments up to one hour and then in 30 minute segments beyond one hour;
i.e., + 0015, + 0030, + 0045, + 0100, + 0430 and + 0600.
JJJHHMM—This is the day in Julian Calendar days (JJJ) of the year and
the time in hours and minutes (HHMM) when the message was initially
released by the originator using 24 hour Universal Coordinated Time
LLLLLLLL—This is the identification of the EAS Participant, NWS office,
etc., transmitting or retransmitting the message. These codes will be
automatically affixed to all outgoing messages by the EAS encoder.
NNNN—This is the End of Message (EOM) code sent as a string of four
ASCII N characters.
(d) The only originator codes are:
Originator ORG code
EAS Participant EAS
Civil authorities CIV
National Weather Service WXR
Primary Entry Point System PEP
(e) The following Event (EEE) codes are presently authorized:
Nature of activation Event codes
National Codes (Required):
Emergency Action Notification (National only) EAN.
National Information Center NIC
National Periodic Test NPT.
Required Monthly Test RMT.
Required Weekly Test RWT.
State and Local Codes (Optional):
Administrative Message ADR.
Avalanche Warning AVW.
Avalanche Watch AVA.
Blizzard Warning BZW.
Blue Alert BLU.
Child Abduction Emergency CAE.
Civil Danger Warning CDW.
Civil Emergency Message CEM.
Coastal Flood Warning CFW.
Coastal Flood Watch CFA.
Dust Storm Warning DSW.
Earthquake Warning EQW.
Evacuation Immediate EVI.
Extreme Wind Warning EWW.
Fire Warning FRW.
Flash Flood Warning FFW.
Flash Flood Watch FFA.
Flash Flood Statement FFS.
Flood Warning FLW.
Flood Watch FLA.
Flood Statement FLS.
Hazardous Materials Warning HMW.
High Wind Warning HWW.
High Wind Watch HWA.
Hurricane Warning HUW.
Hurricane Watch HUA.
Hurricane Statement HLS.
Law Enforcement Warning LEW.
Local Area Emergency LAE.
Network Message Notification NMN.
911 Telephone Outage Emergency TOE.
Nuclear Power Plant Warning NUW.
Practice/Demo Warning DMO.
Radiological Hazard Warning RHW.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning SVR.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch SVA.
Severe Weather Statement SVS.
Shelter in Place Warning SPW
Special Marine Warning SMW.
Special Weather Statement SPS.
Storm Surge Watch SSA.
Storm Surge Warning SSW.
Tornado Warning TOR.
Tornado Watch TOA.
Tropical Storm Warning TRW.
Tropical Storm Watch TRA.
Tsunami Warning TSW.
Tsunami Watch TSA.
Volcano Warning VOW.
Winter Storm Warning WSW.
Winter Storm Watch WSA.
(f) The All U.S., State, Territory and Offshore (Marine Area) ANSI
number codes (SS) are as follows. County ANSI numbers (CCC) are
contained in the State EAS Mapbook.
All U.S 00
Offshore (Marine Areas)^1
Eastern North Pacific Ocean, and along U.S. West Coast from Canadian
border to Mexican border 57
North Pacific Ocean near Alaska, and along Alaska coastline, including
the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska 58
Central Pacific Ocean, including Hawaiian waters 59
South Central Pacific Ocean, including American Samoa waters 61
Western Pacific Ocean, including Mariana Island waters 65
Western North Atlantic Ocean, and along U.S. East Coast, from Canadian
border south to Currituck Beach Light, N.C 73
Western North Atlantic Ocean, and along U.S. East Coast, south of
Currituck Beach Light, NC, following the coastline to Ocean Reef, FL,
including the Caribbean 75
Gulf of Mexico, and along the U.S. Gulf Coast from the Mexican border
to Ocean Reef, FL 77
Lake Superior 91
Lake Michigan 92
Lake Huron 93
Lake St. Clair 94
Lake Erie 96
Lake Ontario 97
St. Lawrence River above St. Regis 98
^1The numbers assigned to the offshore marine areas listed in this
table are not described under the ANSI standard, but rather are numeric
codes that were assigned by the National Weather Service.
[ 59 FR 67092 , Dec. 28, 1994, as amended at 60 FR 55999 , Nov. 6, 1995;
61 FR 54952 , Oct. 23, 1996; 63 FR 29663 , June 1, 1998; 67 FR 18508 ,
Apr. 16, 2002; 67 FR 77174 , Dec. 17, 2002; 69 FR 72031 , Dec. 10, 2004;
70 FR 71033 , Nov. 25, 2005; 77 FR 16701 , Mar. 22, 2012; 80 FR 37174 ,
June 30, 2015; 81 FR 53043 , Aug. 11, 2016; 83 FR 2563 , Jan. 18, 2018]
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