January 11, 2006
Ted Buehner - NWS
Bill Goodwin - Click! Network City
Eric Ortiz - Click! Network City
Mark Allen - WSAB
Don White - Tribune Television
Terry Spring - KWPX TV
Kris McGowan - FCC
Don Miller - WSEM
Clay Freinwald - Entercom
Jim Tharp - Entercom
Art Blum - KONA
Donna - KAOS
Dennis Hull - NWS Pendleton
John Franz - KVOS TV
Shelli Jones - KBCB TV
The meeting was
called to order by Clay Freinwald
and introductions were made.
The previous meeting's
minutes were destroyed in a fire.
At the SBE, a response
will be filed to the EAS NPRM. At
present it is at the internal draft
stage. Key points are federal coordination
of emergency messages and federal
support for monitoring links. This
would include reliable radio (or
other communications methods) links
for SRN's, including establishing
new SRN's as necessary. Also, standardizing
warning messages and improving the
text capabilities to better serve
the hearing impaired TV audience.
Expanding the type of appliances
that can receive warning messages
is also a priority. For example,
having EAS capabilities built in
to a stove or refrigerator is a
possibility. The broadcasters would
like to see themselves removed from
the daisy chain. Broadcasters would
just pass emergency information
on to their audience, instead of
being part of the distribution system.
This would eliminate the need to
broadcast computer info (ie. duck
The next EAS summit
will be February 25 in Washington
DC. It is not related to the above
The tsunami warning
system being set up by the state
has the backing of Governor Gregoire.
The US Postal Service
will be issuing a stamp commemorating
the AMBER program.
Tab 10 in the state
EAS plan, local stations monitoring
assignments will be updated soon.
It will be posted on the WSAB web
Buehner offered a HazCollect update.
Testing is continuing with a roll
out in March or April. NWS plans
to start registration the beginning
of February on their web site, http://dmi-services.org.
HazCollect will be a one-stop shop
for collection, relay, and distribution
of non-weather emergency messages
to the NWS dissemination infrastructure,
other national systems such as DMIS,
and to the Emergency Alert System.
See the latest information at http://weather.gov/os/hazcollect.
(Organization for the Advancement
of Structured Information Standards)
has approved the Common Alert Protocol
(CAP) v1.1. CAP provides a simple,
general-purpose format for exchanging
all-hazard emergency alerts and
public warnings over any network.
Users include NWS, NOAA, and USGS.
For more information see www.oasis-open.org/news/oasis-news-05-11-30.php.
The proposal that the state be the
primary entry point for all alerts
has been put on hold. It's likely
that our present system will be
surpassed by other emerging systems,
such as HazCollect.
There have been complaints about
alerts having reception problems
or bad audio. Please report problems
on the remailer with enough details
so that any problems can be fixed.
Also, check your sources periodically
so problems can be recognized before
on air tests.
Microphone headsets for originators
that are compatible with the EAS
boxes can be had for $69 from BSW.
Don will test. Proper microphone
usage would also help in the origination
The North Puget Sound area sent
a RWT instead of the scheduled monthly
test. This has been addressed.
multiple RMT's because Moses Lake
stations originate there. This will
be discussed on the remailer.
There is still discussion
about EAS override on cable. A TV
station's Retransmission Consent
agreement can specify how this addressed.
the WSAB, Mark Allen reported that
January 13 is AMBER Alert Day. He
has also been working on reciprocal
agreements with surrounding states
for AMBER alerts. They will follow
the national protocol. Washington
will not automatically activate
an alert from another state without
Everything is fine in Eastern Washington
and the North Puget Sound.
National Weather Service is working
on a Spanish language weather radio
station in Yakima. It will operate
with low power to avoid interfering
with other stations. In Whatcom
County, they are still working on
a weather radio station. Neah Bay
weather radio has been rebuilt.
The NWS will not run a weekly test
if there is significant weather
traffic. It will be run as soon
as possible after things slow down.
Chris Hill will retire on January
At Emergency Management, the tsunami
sirens will be converted to satellite
activation. The NWS HazCollect will
be integrated into the system.
The FCC is still not entirely up
to speed from the change in administration.
The next meeting
will be Wednesday, March 8 at 9:30
AM at Camp Murray.