FEMA Schedules Next National EAS Test
Number three and counting …
your calendars, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has scheduled the 2017
national EAS test for Wednesday Sept. 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET.
by chance, a hurricane is making landfall on that date, or some other event
interferes, the test will be run on the following Wednesday.)
test will be conducted in the same way it was last year, with both English and
Spanish language text and audio. Total duration is expected to be about one
minute. (Shown below are FEMA officials about to launch the 2016 test in a facility not far from Washington.)
The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of
the Federal Communications Commission has already released instructions
as to how Emergency Alert System participants must register for access to
the 2017 EAS Test Reporting System.
As a result of feedback
regarding last year’s use of the ETRS, the FCC has mandated that filers using
the ETRS must use a single account. The Public Safety Bureau also said to
expect a further notice soon about the opening of the 2017 ETRS, and the date
by which EAS participants must file their data.
Radio World has reported, the
2016 EAS test was considered by officials to be a success, with an over 87
percent participation rate, although there were some technical glitches. A few
test participants reported complications ranging from equipment configuration
issues, equipment failures, failure to update equipment software, audio quality
issues, source issues, clock errors, and, in some cases, noncompliance with
Part 11 rules.
At the local level, the Alabama Broadcasters
Association plans to discuss the test procedure in depth at its annual conference next month in Hoover, Ala. Other active state
associations will likely be communicating with their own members about the test
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