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NBA Members: the following advisory was provided by NBA federal counsel John Wells King.

 

REGULATORY ADVISORY:

         

FEMA ANNOUNCES NATIONAL EAS TEST WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2019

ETRS NOW OPEN FOR ACCEPTING FILINGS

FORM ONE DUE WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2019

 

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has scheduled the next national periodic Emergency Alert System (EAS) test on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at 2:20 p.m. EDT. Wednesday, August 21, 2019, is the back-up date if conditions preclude testing on August 7.  

 

For this round, the national test will originate on FEMA’s National Public Warning System (NPWS), comprised of Primary Entry Point broadcast facilities, as opposed to originating via the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), which uses the Internet to disseminate the alerts, as was done last year. FEMA’s stated intention in conducting the 2019 test in this way is to determine the capability of EAS to deliver messages to the public in the “event dissemination via the Internet is not available.” In last year’s test, 60% of the public received the EAS test message via IPAWS.

 

Broadcasters must participate through the FCC’s electronic EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS), by filing Form One, with identifying information; Form Two, with “day of test” data reports, by 11:59 pm on August 7; and Form Three, detailed test data reports, by September 23, 2019. 

 

The ETRS is now open for accepting Form One filings. They must be on file by Wednesday, July 3, 2019. ETRS is accessed here:

https://www.fcc.gov/general/eas-test-reporting-system

 

EAS registration, equipment, test procedure, and reporting compliance is likely to be more important than ever this year, due to the clear orientation of the 2019 test to NPWS (broadcast) dissemination methodology.

 

 

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