Governor, State of Alabama
Director, Alabama Emergency Management Agency
Deputy Director, Alabama Emergency Management Agency
Director of Operations, Alabama Emergency Management Agency
All Weather EAS Alerts are originated by the National Weather Service via NOAA Weather Radio. These Alerts are also disseminated via the NOAA Weather Wire Service (NWWS) and the AP and UPI teletype networks. An EAS Weather Alert received via one of these teletypes shall constitute valid authorization for a broadcaster or cable operator to originate an EAS Weather Alert "WARNING" if that is the level of Alert that has been declared by the National Weather Service. In the absence of a "WARNING" issued by the National Weather Service, a broadcaster or cable operator may originate an EAS Weather Alert "WARNING" at the direction of his Local or County Emergency Management Agency. If another agency is to be used in declaring weather alerts, it shall be listed in the appropriate Local Area Plan.
Alabama broadcasters and cable operators shall not originate a "WARNING" or "ACTIVATION" unless they are doing so at the direction of an authorized agency which does not have its own EAS Encoder to originate the EAS Alert itself. This restriction applies to all Event Codes containing the title "WARNING" or "ACTIVATION", including the "TORNADO WARNING" Code "TOR". If a broadcaster or cable operator feels he has sighted a tornado, this information should be presented as a "SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT" with Code "SVS". When the official word from the National Weather Service or other authorized agency is received, their "TORNADO WARNING" Alert can be relayed by the broadcaster or cable operator.
All local emergencies, other than weather alerts, shall be declared only by the Local or County Emergency Management Agency. If another agency is to be used in
declaring local emergencies, it shall be listed in the Local/County Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) (Appendix 5 to Annex B), Standard Operating Procedures
(SOP) and the appropriate Local Area EAS Plan.
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