The Emergency Alert System provides quick, aactionable warnings to the general public via Radio and Television broadcast stations as well as cable companies. Federal law requires broadcasters and cable companies to have the necessary equipment installed for delivering presidential (national) alerts. Fortunately, we have never had a need for such an alert.
As a public service, however, broadcasters and cable companies routinely and voluntarily provide the public with other warnings such as Amber Alerts and NOAA Weather warnings. These warnings can save lives and property. Within a matter of minutes, emergency management personnel (state and local) as well as NOAA Weather can use EAS to notify thousands of Idaho Citizens of impending danger or abducted children.