Emergency Alert System

The replacement system for the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS). This system, based on the same structure as EBS, will allow local government representatives, to put out local warnings and alerts from and for their geographic areas. The EAS will also allow alerts and warnings to be broadcasted even if the participating radio station is unmanned after certain hours. The Emergency Alert System (EAS), is a national system in the U.S. put into place in 1997, superseding the Emergency Broadcast System and administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The EAS covers both radio and television (including low-power stations), and cable television companies.
MDEM​’s Guide to the National Weather Service Watches, Advisories and Warnings
WATCH – designates the possibility that a weather event may occur. A WATCH is typically issued first, informing citizens there is a possibility that a significant weather event could occur. Citizens are encouraged to stay informed and be ready to act.

ADVISORY – is issued when a hazardous weather event is occurring, imminent or likely. ADVISORIES are for less serious conditions that are expected to cause significant inconvenience and could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property if caution is not exercised. ADVISORIES are intended to heighten citizen’s awareness of a pending weather event and encourage citizens to follow an appropriate plan of action, stay informed, and be prepared.

WARNING – is issued when a hazardous weather event is occurring, imminent or likely. A WARNING means weather conditions are expected to pose a threat to life and/or property. People in the WARNING area need to take action to protect themselves and their families, and stay.