EAS State Plan

The Emergency Alert System provides varying levels of alerts, watches and warnings.

EAS State Plan
Each state must develop a plan to coordinate EAS activity among broadcasters, state government, and public safety organizations. The 2017 revision of the State of Maine EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM Operational Plan has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission and is now available for download. (Be patient — this is a lengthy document, and it takes a while to load.) This revision contains new alerting codes authorized by the FCC, as well as corrections to the State Mapbook. It is the first revision since 2003. Please note: Since the 2003 revision, the phone numbers for the Maine Emergency Management Agency/State Emergency Operations Center have changed. The correct numbers are: voice 207-624-4400, fax 207-287-3178. Also, the new phone numbers for the National Weather Service Field Office in Caribou are 207-492-0166 and 207-492-0182.

EAS Part 11 Rules The FCC requires all broadcast stations to adhere to the rules outlined in the EAS rules, which can be found at https://www.fcc.gov/general/rules-regulations-title-47.  The EAS rules are in Part 11.

EAS Handbook Each station is required to have on hand a copy of the FCC EAS Handbook. The FCC issued new a EAS Handbook in 2017. You can view, download, and print a copy of the current FCC EAS Handbook from the FCC’s website.  Note that the Handbook is a fillable .pdf file which has several blanks to be filled in by each individual EAS Participant.