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FCC Public Notice: Emergency Information Must Be Accessible to All

The FCC has issued a public notice to remind video programming distributors of their obligation to make information accessible to people with hearing or visual impairments in accordance with section 79.2 of the Commission’s rules. What does this all mean? Emergency information, including critical details regarding the emergency and how to respond to an emergency, needs to be accessible by everyone.

There are no exemptions to section 79.2. While the FCC recognizes that emergency information is typically not available in advance and that it may be difficult for some stations to obtain closed captioning services, they want to make sure it is provided.

It is important for emergency related information to be available and accessible to everyone. If you or someone you know has encountered emergency information that was not accessible to everyone and would like to file a complaint, contact the FCC.


Federal Communications Commission

Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau

445 12th Street SW

Washington, DC 20554

Phone: 1-888-255-5322

Videophone: 1-844-432-2275

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

Fax: 866-418-0232