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June 30 CAP-EAS Deadline Is Upon Us

Required tests go back to weekly frequency after deadline

Have you prepped for CAP-EAS?

Saturday, June 30, is the deadline by which stations must have CAP-EAS encoders/decoders installed and operational at their facilities so they can receive CAP-formatted EAS alerts.

CAP, which stands for Common Alerting Protocol, is an open-standard XML-based format for EAS messages adopted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

With CAP, stations monitor FEMA’s Web message aggregator to get their alerts.

To help stations prepare for CAP, FEMA stepped up the frequency of the required test messages from weekly to daily, Monday through Friday.

Those will return to weekly transmission after June 30, according to FEMA IPAWS Program Manager Al Kenyon. In a message he recently posted to the SBE EAS listserv, Kenyon said, “At the present time we do plan to continue the established once per week per time zone origination of an RWT message to allow EAS participants to confirm that their devices are operating properly.”

Test messages will once again originate on Mondays at 11 a.m.

Gary Timm of SRA Touchstone has a roundupof what to expect in his latest AWARE post.


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