EAS, Amber & Blue Alert Resources

EAS Participants are responsible for ensuring that EAS Encoders, EAS Decoders and Attention Signal generating and receiving equipment used as part of the EAS are installed so that the monitoring and transmitting functions are available during the times the stations and systems are in operation.  

If the EAS Encoder or EAS Decoder becomes defective, the EAS Participant may operate without the defective equipment pending its repair or replacement for 60 days without further FCC authority. Entries shall be made in the broadcast station log showing the date and time the equipment was removed and restored to service.

For personnel training purposes, the required monthly test script must still be transmitted even though the equipment for generating the EAS message codes, Attention Signal and EOM (end of message) code is not functioning.  If repair or replacement of defective equipment is not completed within 60 days, an informal request shall be submitted to the District Director of the FCC field office serving the area in which the EAS Participant is located for additional time to repair the defective equipment. This request must explain what steps have been taken to repair or replace the defective equipment, the alternative procedures being used while the defective equipment is out of service, and when the defective equipment will be repaired or replaced.

Required monthly tests originate from Local or State Primary sources. The time and script content will be developed by State Emergency Communications Committees in cooperation with affected EAS Participants.

Monthly tests must be retransmitted within 60 minutes of receipt by EAS Participants. Analog and digital AM, FM, and TV broadcast stations must conduct tests of the EAS header and EOM codes at least once a week at random days and times.

EAS Participants must determine the cause of any failure to receive the required tests or activations and appropriate entries indicating reasons why any tests were not received must be made in the broadcast station log for all broadcast streams. Automatic interrupt of programming and transmission of EAS messages are required when facilities are unattended.

Broadcast personnel should review the EAS Rules to insure that your station is operating in compliance with the EAS regulations.  

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VERMONT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT


VERMONT AMBER ALERT PROGRAM

All VERMONT AMBER CHILD ABDUCTION ALERTS will originate from Department of Public Safety/Vermont Emergency Management Office via the State Emergency Alert System (EAS) Network. An AMBER ALERT can only be issued at the direction of the Watch Commander of the Vermont State Police.   

An AMBER ALERT will only be issued if a child is seventeen (17) years of age or under and the law enforcement agency believes his/her life is in imminent danger.  AN AMBER ALERT is NOT for missing children or a child involved in a custody dispute.  

All law enforcement officials or agencies must submit an AMBER ACTIVATION REQUEST directly to the duty “Watch Commander” of the Vermont State Police. The duty “Watch Commander” must approve all AMBER ACTIVATION before an EAS ACTIVATION is sent out to radio and television stations.  An “AMBER CANCELLATION” will be issued, using the same Vermont State Police procedures, if the child is released from danger within the first few hours of the AMBER ACTIVATION.  

IF YOU RECEIVE AN AMBER EAS ALERT:  EVERY STATION SHOULD RE-TRANSMIT EVERY AMBER ACTIVATION or THE CANCELLATION BROADCAST IMMEDIATELY.  (The instructions for re-transmitting an “AMBER ALERT” would probably be the same procedure your station follows for re-transmitting a “Weather Warning” or the REQUIRED MONTHLY TEST).

AMBER ALERT broadcasts will be issued several times during the first two hours. Every AMBER EAS broadcast should be re-transmitted on your station(s) as each could include additional or up-dated information.  A new AMBER ACTIVATION may be re-issued, if warranted. (An example of a “Re-issued AMBER ACTIVATION” might include a sighting in a different region and/or a transfer of the child to a different vehicle.)   An AMBER ACTIVATION will SELF-CANCEL after a six hour period has elapsed.

During AMBER ALERTS, a telephone number will be transmitted (within the EAS message) for the public to call with information of any “sightings”.  

Station personnel should also monitor their station’s fax machine and E-mail for photos or other information, which may not have been included in the EAS AMBER information.

AMBER ACTIVATIONS are voluntary, however all radio & television air staff should keep in mind most Vermont stations are unattended after normal business hours, and therefore the public can only rely on information relayed by the Vermont EAS Network.

FORWARDING ALL AMBER INFORMATION VIA EAS, IS THE ONLY WAY EVERY RADIO AND TELEVISION STATION CAN PARTICIPATE AND THEREFORE PROVIDE MAXIMUM EFFORT IN LOCATING AN ABDUCTED CHILD.

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For additional information of Vermont Amber Alerts, click here or contact:
Lieutenant Michael C. Macarilla
Director, Vermont Intelligence Center
Vermont State Police
188 Harvest Lane
Williston, VT 05495
802 872.6111 (Office)


VT BLU Alert logo

Vermont’s newly developed Blue Alert system is designed to rapidly disseminate information to the public when a law enforcement officer has been seriously injured, killed, or is missing in the line of duty warranting concern for the officer’s safety, and the suspect(s) involved have fled and pose an imminent threat to the public or other law enforcement officers.

Vermont Blue Alert uses a broad definition of a law enforcement officer to include police officers and also members of the Judicial Branch such as judges and prosecutors, members of Corrections and of Probation and Parole. This will include all members in the law enforcement community from federal, state and local governments.

The Vermont Blue Alert system will work similarly to Vermont’s AMBER Alert system. It will be managed and operated by the Vermont Department of Public Safety. When activated the Vermont Blue Alert network will disseminate messages via email, text messages, phone calls, roadside signs, lottery signs, traditional media and various public social media outlets.

A live test of Vermont’s new Blue Alert will be conducted Friday, August 23rd starting at 12:00PM and will utilize the Emergency Alert System, Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS), VT-Alert Everbridge System and all state controlled digital message boards. The Wireless Emergency Alert system will NOT be utilized during this test. All test messaging will lead with the following: “This is a TEST of the Vermont BLUE Alert Notification system. Only a Test.” A reminder that Vermont’s Blue Alert is not the only test alert going out on Friday. August 23rd is also the date of an already scheduled monthly EAS test at 6:15AM.

“We are pleased to join the 33 other states that have already implemented their own Blue Alert systems,” said Capt. Kevin Lane, commander of Special Investigations for the Vermont State Police. “We are grateful to the men and women who perform dangerous jobs every day to serve and protect everyone in Vermont. Implementing the Blue Alert system in Vermont gives us one more tool to help keep members of law enforcement and the community safe.”

U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont Christina Nolan praised the implementation of the Blue Alert network.

“We are taking an important step in protecting our brave men and women in uniform, who run toward danger and put themselves at risk every day to make Vermonters safe,” Nolan said. “We must do all we can to support our heroic law enforcement officers as they put themselves on the front lines of our campaigns to combat violence, gun crime, drug trafficking, and other dangerous crimes. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is proud to have teamed up with its state and local law enforcement partners to adopt this new tool to promote law enforcement safety and community protection.”

To activate a Blue Alert, a requesting agency should call the Vermont State Police Public Safety Answering Point in either Williston or Westminster, and the request will go to a member of the VSP command staff.

“This network is in place and stands ready,” Capt. Lane said, “but we hope it never has to be used.”

The Vermont Blue Alert network is made up of the following partners: Vermont State Police, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Vermont Intelligence Center, Vermont Emergency Management, Vermont Lottery, Vermont Agency of Transportation, Vermont Association of Broadcasters, Vermont Association of Chief of Police, Vermont Sheriffs’ Association, and the Vermont Troopers Association.