Broadcasters are reminded that this Friday (8/26) is the deadline for filling out “Form One” in the FCC EAS Test Reporting System (“ETRS”). This new system will allow broadcasters to electronically report on the success of the next EAS National Test, scheduled for September 28, 2016.
The FCC Public Notice announcing the new filing requirement is available here. More information about the form and a link to the Registration Page for the form are available on the FCC’s website, here.
Please refer to this most recent article from the MAB regarding Form One and other upcoming EAS deadlines.
Broadcasters are encouraged to complete this form at their earliest convenience as time is short. MAB Washington attorney David Oxenford says that while the FCC has given stations until September 26 to edit their initial filings, they must get something on file by this Friday. Time is short, and completing the form (especially if you have multiple stations) may take some effort.
In addition, the FCC has released an updated EAS Handbook available for download to print locally here. A copy of the Handbook must be located at normal duty positions or EAS equipment locations when an operator is required to be on duty and be immediately available to staff responsible for administering EAS tests. Please note that the new EAS Handbook requires licensees to “fill-in” information on various pages throughout the handbook and that stations should review the Handbook before placing it in a normal duty position.
There is also a Microsoft Word version of the EAS Handbook available here that may aid some stations in customizing the handbook for their operations.