March 16, 2020

Coronavirus – Emergency Access Letters for stations

By: Gail Ponti

Please click on the links below fie the Access and Fuel letters from the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), regarding COVID-19. These may be used to help facilitate access to your studios and transmitters.


Please note that the NCC* provides these letters as a courtesy to help communications providers access their facilities as needed to maintain continuity of service. That said, according to the NCC, state/local authorities retain final discretion on matters of local public safety, access and related issues. Also, the COVID situation is unprecedented so the reaction of local emergency authorities to the letters may be difficult to predict, particularly in states with few hurricanes and other emergencies for which DHS has issued similar letters, and states where broadcasters have not yet been designated as a “first informer.”  (This is the case in Pennsylvania)  


*Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) CISA Integrated Operations Coordination Center (CISA IOCC) National Communications & Coordination Branch (NCC)



Access Letter – 03162020

Fuel Letter Basic Letter – 03162020