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FCC May Require Spanish-Language Emergency Alerts The Hill

The FCC is working on a rule that would require broadcasters to provide Spanish-language emergency alerts and other important announcements, reports The Hill.

“The rule was originally recommended in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Back then, groups including the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) petitioned the FCC to require broadcasters to notify Spanish listeners in the event of an emergency,” the story notes.

The FCC is reopening a comment period for an additional month while it considers the rule, which would require some stations to air all presidential messages in both English and Spanish, the story notes.

“To a lesser extent, emergency broadcasts in certain areas may also be aired in other languages, such as French or Mandarin,” the piece adds.