NASBA, NAB Set EAS Agenda for Open Meeting

February 22, 2013

Washington - Feb 22, 2013 - The National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations (NASBA) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) have set the final agenda for the NASBA-NAB EAS Forum in Washington on March 4, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET at the Ritz Carlton, 1150 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC, Plaza Ballroom. The open session has limited seating, but the panel discussions will be streamed from 1 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. ET at

1:00-1:05Welcome and introductions
Remarks from Matthew Straeb, GSS, program sponsor
■ EAS System Security
(30 minutes)
■ NWS Message Loads
(15 minutes)
■ NCMEC Wireless AMBER Alerts
(10 minutes)
Mopping Up from the Zombie Apocalypse, Averting Message Overload and the 2 a.m. Wakeup
■ Damon Penn, Assistant Administrator, National Continuity Programs, Federal Emergency Management Agency
■ David Turetsky, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
■ Craig Hodan, Chief, Dissemination System Branch, Office of Operational Systems, National Weather Service
■ Robert Hoever, Director, Special Programs, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
■ Moderated by Suzanne Goucher, Maine Assoc. of Broadcasters
2:00-2:20"First Informer" State Legislation
■ Bob Fisher, Nevada Broadcasters Association
■ Dennis Lyle, Illinois Broadcasters Association
■ Moderated by Art Brooks, Arizona Broadcasters Association
2:30-3:00Rewriting your State EAS Plan: Best Practices
Tom Beers, Chief, and Greg Cooke, Associate Chief, Policy and Licensing Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
3:00-3:20Accessible Emergency Information
Ann Bobeck, Senior VP and Deputy General Counsel, and Kelly Williams, Senior Director, Engineering and Technology Policy, National Association of Broadcasters
Possible topics:
IPAWS testing
State EAS plan updates
FEMA best practices
CMAS messaging
Informal roundtable discussions
Two groups led by:
Tom Beers, FCC; Greg Cooke, FCC; Wade Witmer, FEMA; Antwane Johnson, FEMA; Mike Gerber, NOAA; Mike Szkil, NOAA

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