The next SECC meeting is scheduled for:
Wednesday, March 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Via conference call
Phone: 1-866-244-8528, Passcode: 873651
For Questions or RSVP,
Click here for meeting minutes.
The Nebraska State Emergency Communications Committee (NE-SECC) is responsible for updating and maintaining the State EAS Plan.
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) in Nebraska now operates under the 2018 State Plan that gained
final approval from the Nebraska Public Safety Communications Committee on March 8th, 2018. This plan can be found at the link below.
This plan is the draft plan that was approved by the Public Safety and Homeland Security division of the Federal Communications Commission on November 29th, 2017 and the Nebraska State Emergency Communications Committee on Dec. 13th, 2017. We anticipate that this same plan, with minor modifications to clarify some points, will be available in the near future. When this happens, it will be the plan that you find at the link below.
Current EAS Equipment Support (updated July 2016) is available here.
Current contact information is located on the website here.
Suggestions and updates may be sent to the State Emergency Communications Committee by contacting a member of the committee. Click here for the contact list.
EAS Blue Alert Code Becomes Effective January 18, 2019
A message from Larry Wilkins, CPBE, chair, SBE EAS Advisory Group:
In January 2018 the FCC amended its regulations governing the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to add a new event code, BLU, to allow alert originators to issue an alert whenever a law enforcement officer is injured or killed, missing in connection with his or her official duties, or there is an imminent and credible threat to cause death or serious injury to law enforcement officers.
Delivery of Blue Alerts over EAS will be implemented January 18, 2019.
Sage Endec users: Update firmware will be available next week.
DasDec users: The BLU event code is in the v4.0 software update.
Trilithic/Viavi: includes BLU event code in its v18.10 software update.
Gorman-Redlich: has a update, contact their office for details
As a reminder the BLU event code is in the "voluntary" list, that is, it is not one of the FCC required relay alerts (EAN, NPT, RMT). Stations can elect to relay these alerts or not, with guidance from their state and local EAS plan.
Broadcasters and Cable Operators should watch for information updates from your SECC (State Emergency Communication Committee).
Blue Alerts over WEA takes effect July 18, 2019.
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Station near Superior Is Back on the Air
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Station WNG-578 is back on the air and has returned to normal operations. The station broadcasts on a frequency of 162.525 MHz.
Station WNG-78 had been off the air for about six weeks due to cable and connector issues from the transmitter to the antenna. An antenna climbing crew fixed the problems and the station returned to service on Thursday, August 9. Since the repair, the signal has been strong and appears to be working normally.
Thank you to everyone for your patience during the repair period. We hope these repairs will provide several years of reliable service.
For more information about NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, go to: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/index.php