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FCC Wants Better Feedback About WEA

Rosenworcel announces a survey of government partners about the Aug. 11 national test

The Federal Communications Commission wants to get a better sense of how effective the delivery of Wireless Emergency Alerts are.

So it has announced a new program of partnerships with 11 other government agencies. For the first time, it will survey these federal, state and local government partners about the delivery of WEA during the upcoming nationwide test on Aug. 11.

The FCC also has sent letters to wireless providers asking them to provide information on their performance after the test.

[Read: National EAS Test Will Focus on Broadcast Chain]

Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel made the announcement.

“While the FCC has long required Emergency Alert System participants to report how nationwide EAS tests fared on their television and radio systems, this is the first time we will gather meaningful data about the performance of a nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert test,” Rosenworcel said in the announcement.

FEMA, in coordination with the FCC, will conduct the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts at 2:20 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

For the WEA portion, a test message will be directed only to consumer cellphones where the subscriber has opted in to receive test messages.

Participating in the survey will be FEMA, the National Weather Service, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, Harris County (Texas) Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, New York City Emergency Management, Mendocino County (Calif.) Office of Emergency Services, Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, City of Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, and the Utah Department of Public Safety.