Emergency Alert System

The EAS and its predecessors, CONELRAD and the original Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) were developed and designed to allow the President to alert our nation in times of war and natural disasters. It was not until 1963 that local level emergency alerts could be transmitted using the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS).

The new Emergency Alert System uses digital technology to distribute messages. EAS system now provides state and local officials with a timely means of sending out local emergency information targeting a specific city, county, etc. Emergency messages concerning local citizens can now be sent out through radio and TV broadcast stations and cable systems even if those transmitting facilities are unattended.

The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) designed the new Emergency Alert System via a cooperative working arrangement with broadcasters, emergency management teams, alerting equipment industry, the National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). This linking of NOAA Weather Radio digital signaling with Emergency Alert System helps save lives by reaching more people with timely, site-specific weather warnings. Historically, over 70% of alert activation resulted from a natural disaster or were weather related.

The Translator Board purchased and installed the necessary equipment to receive and rebroadcast Emergency Alert System and National Weather Service alerts from Black Mountain. Our County Sheriff and Disaster Services Director can now access the Emergency Alert System to provide residents of our community with Emergency Alert Notifications and severe weather warnings. Shortly after this new EAS system was on line and tested, the Translator District Board purchased special receiver radios for distribution to all our schools, the county fire departments, the hospital, city police, and the Sheriff’s Department.

Local weather and emergency alert broadcasts from the Translator Site at Black Mountain can be received on 162.500 HHZ. Residential grade receiver radio prices vary from $20.00 to $200.00 depending upon desired features.