2711 Middleburg Drive
Columbia, SC 29201
2019 STAR Awards
Saturday, August 17th
Hilton Columbia Center
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
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APRIL 2019 SCBA MIDDLEBURG MATTERS
TO TAKE A LOOK AT OUR APRIL NEWSLETTER
SCHOLARSHIP NOW AVAILABLE
Reporting Workshop for
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sept. 13
TEACHING DATE: Oct. 13-16
LOCATION: The Poynter Institute
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Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP)
ARE YOU MISSING OUT ON AN IMPORTANT SCBA MEMBER BENEFIT? IS YOUR STATION DUE FOR AN ABIP INSPECTION?
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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.
Important Reminder: Activate and/or Update Your Online Public Inspection File
As of March 1, 2018, all radio and television stations were required to transition their public inspection file to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) online public file system. However, despite the year-old deadline, a substantial number of broadcasters have not yet activated their online public file or have failed to keep their public file up-to-date.
These stations are at risk of substantial FCC fines. While the FCC has emailed warning notices to some stations, we strongly urge you not to wait for an FCC notice. Stations should immediately confirm that they are complying with the FCC’s rules.
Ensuring that your station’s online public file is online and complete takes on added importance as we enter the license renewal cycle. Renewal applications require stations to either certify that their public file has been complete and up-to-date at all times during the license term or disclose violations. In addition to substantial fines, an incomplete online public file can lead to extensive delays in the license renewal process.
Of particular concern is the failure to upload the quarterly issues/programs lists, which demonstrate how a station has addressed the needs and interests of its community. These lists must be placed in each station’s online public file on a quarterly basis, going back to the start of the current 8-year license term. Failure to comply can be extremely costly. The FCC recently fined five radio stations $10,000 to $12,000 each for lacking copies of the issues/programs lists in their online public files. In addition to the issues/programs lists, stations should promptly upload their annual EEO public file reports, children’s television reports, political broadcasting information, and all other required materials.
If you have questions, please contact your station’s legal counsel or the NAB legal department at 866.682.0276.
IMPORTANT MAY/JULY DEADLINES:
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2019 New OPCONs
Contact: Derrec Becker or Kim McLeod
Phone: 803-737-8500 | Social: @SCEMD
State, Counties Update Operational Condition Levels
Columbia, S.C. (Thursday, May 9, 2019) – Prior to the start of the 2019 Hurricane Season, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, in coordination with county emergency management officials, is updating the state’s emergency operational condition levels, or OPCONs. Now, agencies will coordinate, prepare and respond to major emergencies based on three levels of readiness instead of five.
The new levels are designed to simplify the steps agencies take in order to fully activate emergency resources. The three OPCONs and their definitions are more compatible with the majority of state and federal emergency management organizations nationwide, making the state’s processes and procedures easier to understand for teams deploying into South Carolina during a disaster.
The OPCONs and their definitions are now as follows (infographic with specific colors can be found here):
OPCON THREE - Normal Daily Operations
Agencies coordinate, plan, train and exercise as warranted. Incidents are monitored by the State Warning Point and local emergency managers.
OPCON TWO - Enhanced Awareness
A disaster or emergency is likely to affect the state. Emergency Operations Plans are implemented. The State Emergency Operations Center is partially activated if necessary.
OPCON ONE - Full Alert
A disaster or emergency is imminent or occurring. The State Emergency Operations Center is fully activated. All agency personnel are activated or available for activation.
“Residents can expect to see a streamlining in the way we activate state and local resources, particularly the state and local emergency operations centers,” says SCEMD Director Kim Stenson. “The new system brings us more in line with how other states operate and simplifies the steps we take before a major emergency is in full effect.”
All State Emergency Response Team agencies and county emergency managers in all 46 counties have instituted the new OPCON levels.
For questions regarding the new OPCONs, please contact Derrec Becker or Kim Mcleod at firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 737-8500.
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
"South Carolina's emergency management program minimizes loss of life and property damage from all-hazard incidents."