READI Act Introduced to Improve EAS

According to a report in RadioMagOnline.com, new legislation would require state emergency communications committees to update their emergency alert systems plan periodically.  The Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) Act was introduced by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation John Thune (R-SD).

The READI Act would:

  1. Eliminate the option to opt out of receiving certain federal alerts on mobile phones;
  2. Require active alerts issued by the president or FEMA to be repeated;
  3. Explore establishing a system to offer emergency alerts to streaming services like Netflix and Spotify;
  4. Encourage SECCs to review and update their State Emergency Alert System Plans periodically;
  5. Compel FEMA to create best practices for issuing alerts, avoiding false alerts and retracting false alerts, as well as for alert origination training and plans for officials to contact each other and federal officials during emergencies; and
  6. Establish a reporting system for false alerts, so the FCC can track when they occur and examine their causes.

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