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In partnership with the state, the ABA is thrilled to announce we're close to rolling a series of upgrades for Arizona's emergency alert system (EAS). The enhancements will include a new (and more reliable) internet-based delivery system to broadcasters, the potential for bilingual delivery, and a refocused effort around how information about AMBER Alerts is shared with stations (and specifically Arizona newsrooms).
As part of this roll-out, the ABA will be co-hosting a broadcasters meeting at Arizona's Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC) in north Phoenix. The ACTIC "fusion center" of government departments from around the state is responsible for sending out many of Arizona's EAS messages, including all AMBER Alerts, Silver Alerts and Blue Alerts.
This meeting will walk broadcasters through the changes, what it means from a technical and content perspective, and help answer any questions. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 24th at 1pm, and the ABA is encouraging as many broadcasters to attend as possible. We're also working on a conference call set-up for those who can't make the meeting because of location, and we'll of course follow-up with emailed documentation for everyone after the fact. While the meeting is open to all broadcasters, engineers and newsroom leaders are most strongly encouraged to attend.
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