WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz will lead a hearing titled, “This is Not a Drill: An Examination of Emergency Alert Systems,” at 5 a.m. HT (10 a.m. ET) today.
The hearing will examine the policy concerns surrounding the use and effectiveness of the Emergency Alert System including Wireless Emergency Alerts, as well as recent system failures, including the false emergency alert in Hawaii.
“For the state to fix this system, we need to understand what happened, and then gather the state and federal resources needed to make this right,” Schatz said. “This hearing is an important step on the road to regaining the public’s trust.”
The hearing will precede a field hearing in Hawaii Schatz will convene that will focus on the false emergency alert that occurred on Jan. 13.
Witnesses will include:
• Ms. Lisa M. Fowlkes, Bureau Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
• Mr. Scott Bergmann, Senior Vice President, CTIA – The Wireless Association
• Mr. Sam Matheny, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, National Association of Broadcasters