The Emergency Alert system was put into place in the United States on January 1, 1997. It is a National warning system designed to enable the President of the United States to communicate with the people of the United States within 10 minutes. The people are warned of local weather emergencies using EAS. Tests are conducted on a regular basis to determine and make sure that all the systems are in order and the country is prepared for emergencies. The most recent test is on September 28th, 2016 at 2pm.
It is mandatory that all EAS Participants have to take part in the EAS test. They need to review whatever information they have submitted in the EAS Reporting system to make sure no changes are required. In case any alterations are to be made, the last date to do this is September 26th. On the day of the test, all the EAS participants will be asked to submit an initial report regarding their experience with EAS. They need to confirm that they have received the EAS signals from the respectively assigned monitoring sources. The participants should also convince the Committee that they have responded in accordance with FCC rules.
Yet another report has to be submitted by the participants before November 14th.The Post-test reports i.e. Form three asks for information as to how the EAS Participant has performed during the test. It serves as a better platform to know if there were any complications during transmission of signals or any other aspects of the Test.
In May 2016, e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems have been declared as tobacco products. The new guidelines prohibit advertisements of E cigarettes which target minors. Also, advertisements exhibiting health benefits of E-cigarettes have been banned. Hence all broadcasters should immediately scrutinize the content of the promotional materials and make sure that they comply with all FDA rules.