This is to amend the prior post regarding the Blue Alert rule for EAS participants. As stated earlier today, the rule indeed becomes effective this coming Friday. However, to clarify, actual EAS participation in Blue Alerts will be voluntary.
In particular, the EAS protocol rule amendment places the Blue Alert event code under the “Optional” category in the rule. The FCC Order adopted a modified version of the FCC’s original proposal, and permits EAS Participants to update their software to add the BLU event code on a voluntary basis. So participation is voluntary - not mandatory. ...
This Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, all broadcast stations’ EAS systems must be capable of receiving alerts with the new BLU “Blue Alert” event code.
In 2018, the FCC s amended its regulations governing the Emergency Alert System to add a new event code, B–L–U, to allow alert originators to issue an alert whenever a law enforcement officer is injured or killed, missing in connection with his or her official duties, or there is an imminent and credible threat to cause death or serious injury to law enforcement officers.
• Delivery of Blue Alerts over EAS are to be implemented January 18, 2019.
• Delivery of Blue Alerts over WEA will be implemented July 18, 2019.
Check with your EAS equipment supplier to make sure your units are ready and capable. ...