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EAS Comments Due in August

Proposed changes involve national test code

Public comments are due to the FCC by Aug. 14 about proposed changes to the Emergency Alert System with replies by Aug. 21.

The commission has proposed the establishment of national location code for EAS alerts issued by the president or his representative. In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the agency has also tentatively decided to change its rules to accommodate a national test EAS code for future nationwide tests and to require stations and other entities that take part in EAS to file test results data electronically.

The commission also wants participants to meet minimal standards to ensure that EAS alerts are accessible to all members of the public, including those with disabilities.

The proposed changes stem from what the FCC and FEMA learned following the national EAS test in 2001.

Federal Register publication triggered the comment dates.