Who oversees the Amber Plan?

The Association of Radio Managers (ARMS) oversees the effort. To assure that Amber Plan bulletins are distributed in a timely fashion, ARMS conducts quarterly tests of the Emergency Activation System (EAS) Amber Plan notification process. To assure that police are following the guidelines for use, a committee of police officers meets each quarter to review all activations for the previous three months. The broadcast outlets do not participate in the decision to activate, and they have no role in the police review committee process.

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1. Who activates the Amber Plan?
2. How are Amber Plan bulletins distributed to the various radio and tv stations?
3. What Does EAS Stand For?
4. Is the Emergency Activation System (EAS) always ready for use?
5. Are Police Departments charged a fee for Amber Plan activations or involvement?
6. Who oversees the Amber Plan?