National EAS Summit Starts Feb. 28

Scheduled speakers include Wade Witmer, deputy division director of the IPAWS Division, FEMA's National Continuity Programs Directorate; Gordon Smith, NAB president and CEO;  and Jamie Barnett, chief of the FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.
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Federal and broadcast officials, including NAB President Gordon Smith and the federal point person for IPAWS, will get together about the nation's emergency alerting infrastructure this weekend at the 2010 EAS Summit Feb. 28–March 1 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington.

The National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations will host the event. Broadcasters say they hope to expand efforts to make sure the government and public understand the role stations play in serving as the lifeline to the public in emergencies.

NASBA represents the leaders of the 50 state broadcast associations, the core of the NAB's grassroots lobbying program.

A draft agenda is available on the NASBA Web site.

Scheduled speakers include Wade Witmer, deputy division director of the IPAWS Division, FEMA's National Continuity Programs Directorate; Gordon Smith, NAB president and CEO; Jamie Barnett, chief of the FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau; Leonard Charles, director of engineering, Midwest Division of Morgan Murphy Media; David Layer, senior director, advanced engineering, NAB; Clay Freinwald, Washington State Emergency Communications Committee chair, and Bryan Fisher, director, Information Management Alert and Warning Systems, Alaska Division of Homeland Security.

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