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.
What is a Primary Entry Point (PEP) Station?
Primary Entry Point (PEP) stations are privately owned commercial and non-commercial radio broadcast stations that cooperatively participate with FEMA to provide emergency alert and warning information to the public before, during, and after a national or local emergency. PEP stations located throughout the country have a direct connection to FEMA and serve as the primary broadcast source for Presidential National Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages. PEP stations network to other broadcast stations in order to disseminate messages throughout the country. State and local public safety officials can leverage EAS and FEMA PEP stations when they are not in use for National EAS warning messages.
PEP stations are equipped with back-up communications equipment and emergency power generators designed to enable them to continue broadcasting warning and safety information to the public before, during, and after a disaster so that under all conditions the President of the United States can alert and warn the public. FEMA, in cooperation with station licensees and operators of station facilities, maintain PEP stations in order to provide a national alert and warning capability in case of a national catastrophic event. PEP stations owners and managers voluntarily participate in the FEMA PEP program to ensure that the public can receive alerts and warnings when they need them most.
The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Program Management Office (PMO) recently completed expanding the number of PEP stations across the nation to provide direct broadcast coverage from PEP stations to over 90 percent of the US population. The IPAWS PMO continues to modernize older stations or legacy PEP stations to reinforce their resiliency.
Click here for the FEMA Fact Sheet on PEP Stations
CONUS PEP Stations and coverage as of April, 2018
For additional information, please visit: http://www.fema.gov/ipaws/