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July 26, 2011

TEMA joins discussions at upcoming emergency management forums

Representatives of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency will be attending two upcoming forums on emergency management.

Tennessee Association of Broadcasters
On August 4 from 3-4 p.m., TEMA spokesman Jeremy Heidt will participate on a panel discussing the Next Generation Emergency Alert System (EAS) at the annual Tennessee Association of Broadcasters convention in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Next Generation EAS will include new and innovative technologies and distribution systems that will provide increased redundancy and resiliency for the delivery of emergency alerts. The Federal Communications Commission identified four cornerstones of the Next Generation EAS: (1) maintaining the existing EAS network; (2) utilizing Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), which all EAS Participants will implement following its adoption by FEMA; (3) incorporating new authentication and security requirements; and (4) fostering the deployment of new, redundant EAS delivery systems, including satellite, Internet, and wire line networks.

Oak Ridge Emergency Management Forum
TEMA will also have a significant role in the 2011 Oak Ridge Emergency Management Forum in partnership with the Department of Energy. The forum will be held on Sept. 8 at the Y-12 National Security Complex, New Hope Center. A tentative agenda is available online.

Scheduled TEMA speakers and presenters include: TEMA Director James Bassham; Assistant Director for Recovery Elgan Usrey; Assistant Director for Response Charles Bryant and agency spokesman Jeremy Heidt.