If your station is in West Virginia and you use EAS gear from Monroe Electronics and its subsidiary Digital Alert Systems, this item is for you.
The manufacturer has issued application notes to guide users in configuring DASDEC and One-Net EAS/CAP encoder-decoder units ahead of a FEMA test of the National Periodic Test code of the Emergency Alert System.
“FEMA has asked broadcast stations and cable operators in West Virginia to set their CAP/EAS devices to automatically broadcast the NPT alert statewide on Sept. 17, 2014, at 2 p.m. EDT,” the company noted.
“The NPT test will be issued through the FEMA IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System) Internet-based Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) servers. … This test is the first time the NPT alert code has been used operationally in the Emergency Alert System.”
Application notes are available on the Monroe Electronics and Digital Alert Systems websites, with instructions on monitoring and automatically forwarding (broadcasting) the emergency test code via Monroe R189 One-Net, One-Net SE, DASDEC-I, and DASDEC-II units.
“All users of these systems should restrict their location filters to their actual geographic areas of operation, as specified in their local and state EAS plans,” the company stated. “With proper configuration of the geographic filters, the DASDEC and One-Net units will only process this NPT test in West Virginia. With proper configuration of automatic forwarding, the user can set the NPT to be broadcast without manual intervention or assistance.”
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