Memos, Resources

Memo: PSHSB Counsels EAS Participants to Take Immediate Actions to Safeguard Devices

August 10, 2022

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued an advisory on August 1, 2022, concerning a potential vulnerability in certain Emergency Alert System (EAS) encoder/decoder devices that have not been updated to most recent software versions. It is FEMA’s observation that unauthorized actors could issue false alerts over Internet-accessible EAS infrastructure, if the devices are not currently up to date. The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) previously warned EAS participants about the vulnerability via email on April 24, 2020, and again advises communications providers to take definitive measures to ensure that their EAS equipment’s monitoring and transmitting functions are available whenever the stations and systems are operating.

Download the full memo for additional information.

VPS Memo – EAS Participants

For more information or if you would like VPS guidance, please contact:

Brian Enga, PE at (605) 995-1745

Carmen O’Neill, PE at (605) 995-1754