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Subject: Help stop the spread of COVID-19 by spreading accurate information


When it comes to matters of public health, access to timely, accurate and trusted information is important. That’s why we’re reaching out to community leaders like you. With your help, we’re going to get the word out about COVID-19 here in South Carolina.


The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is developing communications toolkits to help support response efforts at the state and community level.


Our first toolkit provides messaging on the importance of wearing masks to protect yourself and those around you. Our mask toolkit, provides messages, graphics and videos to help:

  • Ensure current, correct messaging from a trusted source.
  • Create collateral materials.
  • Share resources.

All graphics and suggested messages are available for use on social media, emails, web pages and other platforms.

Help us stop the spread in the Palmetto State by spreading accurate information, like how to wear a mask. Visit scdhec.gov/stayscstrong to learn more.  

For more additional outreach and educational materials, click here.

Together, we are South Carolina strong. 


Derrec Becker, SC CEM

Chief of Public Information & External Affairs

South Carolina Emergency Management Division

Mobile: 803.530.2193 | Office: 803.737.8500

Online: scemd.org  |  Social: @SCEMD

Skype: SCEmergency






Scammers are constantly adapting and the recent COVID-19 national emergency is no exception. The FCC has learned of a number of ways fraudsters are seeking to take advantage of consumers.


From fake testing kits and unproven cures to government imposter scams and work from home schemes, robocall scams are being updated to reflect the current crisis. These scams prey on our most vulnerable community members and result in financial loss or worse, the use of potentially dangerous “treatments”. 


The FCC has developed a COVID-19 scams page (https://www.fcc.gov/covid-scams )

that includes tips to assist consumers with protecting themselves and their loved ones. The guide includes scam audio and a sample text hoax that was circulating. We will continue to update the page as we learn about new COVID-19 scams.


NAB Advocacy Alert


As local radio and television broadcasters navigate the editorial and operational challenges presented by COVID-19, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is providing tools and resources, including radio and television public service announcements (PSAs) in English and Spanish, to help stations accurately cover this issue and prepare for the impact on your staff, community and business.

PSAs and Toolkit

The PSAs inform audiences how they can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases and learn more at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coronavirus website, CDC.gov/COVID19. The tools include guidance on prevention and precautions, creating response management teams and trusted sources.

We urge you to clear some inventory to air these PSAs as often as possible. As COVID-19 presents more challenges to local communities, our audiences and policymakers look to broadcasters to provide accurate and timely information to help keep the public safe, and Congress will recognize and appreciate the leadership of broadcasters in this effort.

We thank you for your extraordinary service to your communities. As new tools become available, we'll alert stations. In the meantime, don't hesitate to contact us at nab@nab.org with any questions.



FEMA has developed a Rumor Control page for COVID-19 here on FEMA.gov. (https://www.fema.gov/Coronavirus-Rumor-Control)


This page will continue to be updated.


Thank you for everything that you are doing. Please call or write if you need anything.

Derrec Becker, SC CEM

Chief of Public Information & External Affairs

South Carolina Emergency Management Division

Mobile: 803.530.2193 | Office: 803.737.8500

Online: scemd.org  |  Social: @SCEMD

Skype: SCEmergency

As part of DHEC's ongoing outreach efforts, we have developed the attached website banners that your team can use to link stakeholders and staff to the latest updates from DHEC's webpage. As we learn more about this virus, we will continue to update our website at scdhec.gov/COVID19.


 In addition, please see below for links to additional outreach materials for your use:

Additional resources and translated materials are available here. We appreciate your support in helping to educate your fellow team members. 













     Communications Advisory



Updated 2020 Broadcasters’ Calendar

By Scott R. Flick, Lauren Lynch Flick, Jessica T. Nyman, Warren A. Kessler and Simone A. Wood

A Note to Our Readers

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt by every sector of the economy. Due to the unique challenges it poses to broadcasters, however, the FCC has made several changes to its filing deadlines and other obligations for broadcasters in 2020. In response, we are publishing this updated version of our 2020 Broadcasters’ Calendar, reflecting changes announced by the FCC as of May 2020. The FCC may make additional changes going forward, so we encourage broadcasters to stay up to date, including by monitoring CommLawCenter.com, where Pillsbury’s Communications attorneys are closely tracking the FCC’s pandemic response.






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The Media Bureau today extended the waiver it enacted in April to alleviate broadcast sponsorship identification requirements concerning air time donated by commercial advertisers for public service announcements (“PSAs”) provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and other government agencies addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Pursuant to this extension, commercial time donated for...… Continue Reading

FEMA Cancels the 2020 National EAS Test

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The Federal Emergency Management Association (“FEMA”) has announced that it will not conduct a national test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (“IPAWS”) via the broadcast Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) and Wireless Emergency Alert (“WEA”) system this year. As we have written about in the past, EAS tests are sometimes postponed due to...… Continue Reading


Upcoming FCC Broadcast and Telecom Deadlines for July – September

By FHH Law on Jun 29, 2020 10:41 am

Broadcast Deadlines:  July 10, 2020 Children’s Television Programming Reports – For the first time, and after two delays, all commercial television and Class A television stations must file electronically annual children’s television programming reports with the Commission, although the first one will cover only the portion of the year which began with the effective date...… Continue Reading

FCC Waives Some Broadcast EEO Requirements for Rehires

By Davina Sashkin on May 05, 2020 01:30 am

As part of its efforts to provide relief to broadcasters reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has announced a limited waiver of recruitment requirements for the re-hiring of employees who were laid off as a direct result of COVID-19 economic conditions. Under normal conditions, radio and TV broadcast station employment units...… Continue Reading

Upcoming FCC Broadcast and Telecom Deadlines for June – August

By FHH Law on May 26, 2020 11:00 am

Broadcast Deadlines: June 1, 2020 Radio License Renewal Applications Due – Applications for renewal of license for radio stations located in Michigan and Ohio must be filed in the Licensing and Management System (“LMS”). These applications must be accompanied by Schedule 396, the Broadcast Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) Program Report, also filed in LMS, regardless...… Continue Reading

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By Anne Goodwin Crump on Apr 24, 2020 04:09 pm

The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC” or the “Commission”) recent rejection of a petition submitted by Free Press to demand FCC action with regard to broadcasters’ coverage of governmental statements about the COVID-19 epidemic has received a great deal of coverage. What may have escaped attention, however, is that, aside from some sharp wording, the decision...… Continue Reading


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  Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP)





  • All SCBA member stations can participate in this FCC-endorsed voluntary inspection.
  • Completing the ABIP insures a station that it is in compliance with FCC regulations.
  • Stations holding ABIP certificates are exempt from routine FCC inspections for a period of three years.


How It Works:

  • To enroll in the program, contact the SCBA office at 803-732-1186 or paula@scba.net.
  • SCBA will forward a contract with an estimated inspection date.
  • Stations must return the signed contract with payment prior to the inspection.
  • Upon successful completion of the inspection, stations are issued a certificate that is posted in the station and the FCC is notified of the certification.
  • If the station does not pass inspection, a grace period of 150 days from the date on the contract is provided to allow the station to make necessary corrections to successfully complete the inspection.
  • Stations may choose to notify the FCC when they enroll in the program, and immediately begin the immunity protection. Or they may choose not to notify the FCC of their enrollment, in which case the station has no protection from inspection.


All stations should take advantage of this valuable service. Be certain your station is in  compliance and immune from routine FCC inspection.


If your station currently holds an ABIP certificate, check the renewal date and schedule your next inspection well in advance to avoid any lapse in immunity.











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