National EAS Test Update (2016)

September 28th 1:20 PM central time.....that is the official date and time for the next National EAS test.

The FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has officially published notice that all EAS Participants are required to participate in the nationwide test.

In case anything arises to delay it (such as a real emergency, during which a test could cause confusion), a secondary test date is set for Oct. 5.

Items stations must take care before that date....

1.  Make sure your EAS equipment is programmed with the new national location code of six zeros (000000).  This new code covers every state and county in the United States and should be programmed with National Periodic Test (NPT) event code. Deadline to have the new  code programmed is July 30th.

2.  All EAS Participants must register with new EAS Test Reporting System.  Click on ETRS registration page (you must have station FRN user name and password to enter this page).

You will be emailed a special user name and password for use to access the forms.  You must file ETRS Form One by Aug. 26.  Form two will be filed on the day of the test (September 28th) and form three must be filed by November 14th.

3.  Check you EAS logs to make sure you are receiving the IPAWS Required Weekly Test (RWT) each Monday at 11:00 AM local time.

"The test message will clearly state that the alert is only a test of the EAS," the FCC bureau stated. "FEMA's alert will be transmitted in English and Spanish and include both audio and the text of the test message, which can be used to populate an accessible video crawl. These improvements will help ensure that all members of the public, including non-English speakers and individuals with disabilities, will receive emergency information.


This information is courtesy of Larry Wilkins, Alabama Broadcasters Association