On May 23, members of the State Emergency Communications Committee met in Lansing to discuss EAS changes and issues in Michigan.
SECC members were updated on the progress of the Michigan State Police Emergency Alert System LPI project which began late last year. The project is focusing on upgrading the state’s hardware for emergency reporting, along with policies and training. The good news for broadcasters is that the changes will improve the speed relaying EAS messages to air, as well as incorporating mass notification systems for incidents that may not require a full EAS alert.
In addition, both broadcasters and the public will have access to an online portal that will allow for the dissemination of follow-up information once an alert has been issued. Presently there is no formal avenue for such information.
It is hoped that the goal for a vendor to provide the neccessary hardware will be selected by the end of 2018 with the entire project shooting for a completion date of December 31, 2019.
Gary Blievernicht, state SECC Chairman and MAB’s Dan Kelley have both been involved in representing broadcasters with the project.
Other items discussed at the May 23 meeting included an update on the 800mHz radios that were provided by broadcasters. MSP is hiring a project manager to assist broadcasters with radio installation and updating . Also on the agenda was discussion of local primary reception problems in the Cadillac and Port Huron areas, plus discussion of the local primary station situation in a region, where both the LP-1 and LP-2 are at a shared location, rather than separate locations as desired.