On Tuesday, the FCC announced procedures for noncommercial educational (“NCE”) broadcast stations to informally request waivers allowing the stations to raise relief funds for victims of Monday’s Oklahoma tornado.  Although under FCC rules NCE stations are generally prohibited from engaging in fundraising activities for entities other than the stations themselves, the Commission has historically granted waivers to stations engaging in fundraising appeals to support relief efforts following significant disasters.  For example, waivers were issued in response to Hurricane Katrina, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and the 2005 tsunami that hit Southeast Asia.  NCE stations wishing to participate in fundraising efforts for victims of the Oklahoma tornado should follow the procedures described in the Commission’s public notice, linked above.