The Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Michigan State Police are coordinating regional EAS/Local Emergency Communication Committee (LECC) meetings around the state. The purpose of the meetings is to discuss ways of improving emergency alerting, including EAS within the state.
The first regional meeting was held November 16 in Oak Park with local Emergency Managers from Southeast Michigan and representatives from the area LP-1 (WJR-AM) and LP-2 (WWJ-AM) stations, Dan Kelley from the MAB, as well as personnel from MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security division.
After an open discussion of issues regarding emergency alerting, those attending broke into groups to focus on the individual needs of the each stakeholder. The three areas the broadcasters would like to see from an improved statewide effort included better audio from the alerting authorities, better communication to radio and TV stations from the local emergency management, plus “First Responder” designations, so broadcast personnel could access their facilities when roads and other passage may be restricted.
The meetings will continue region-by-region. Local Primary Stations should be receiving an invitation to a coming meetings in their area.