Walden: National Test Proved EAS ‘Sort of’ Works
the 63 Primary Entry Point stations “functioned according to plan” during the
national EAS test while three didn’t; regulators are trying to figure out what
didn’t work and why.
says Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., is what representatives from FEMA and the FCC
told him and three other members of the Communications and Technology
Subcommittee of the House Commerce Committee during a private briefing on
Thursday here in Washington.
subcommittee chair told reporters afterwards that the FCC has now heard from
some 60% of stations; of that number, about 78% told the FCC they were able to
receive and re-transmit the test.
Walden’s state of Oregon the test didn’t work; he said in response to my
question that Oregon has no PEP station at present but is slated to get two, in
Eugene and Portland, with construction to begin this winter. As we’ve reported,
the PEP system is being expanded.
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on the east side of Oregon actually received the alert from neighboring Idaho
but the rest of Oregon got no alert, he said.
whether there was any commonality at the failure points, Walden said regulators
are still evaluating what happened and would get back to the subcommittee about
to never have to use the system, but if there comes a day where you have to use
the system, we better make sure it works. What they’ve proven is it sort of
works. That’s not good enough.”
former broadcaster, believes there will be another national test once more is
known about what happened; he commended regulators for conducting the test.
report was very helpful and they answered most of our questions,” he said.
Walden has not asked for a formal report on the findings but says regulators
will keep in touch with the committee and says at some point he expects the
gist of what occurred will be made public.
doesn’t think a hearing on the issue is necessary. “I think they’re on it. I
think they get it. I think they want to make it work,” Walden said in response
to my question about his overall reaction to what regulators were telling
IPAWS Division Director and Project Manager Antwane Johnson and FCC Public
Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Chief Jamie Barnett briefed lawmakers, who,
in addition to Walden, included Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Donna Christensen,
D-V.I. and Anna Eshoo, D-Calif.