FCC Still Accepting EAS Form One

Radio World reports that the FCC has extended the deadline for broadcasters to file ETRS Form One due to Hurricane Harvey.

“We are aware that some EAS Participants are currently responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,” the commission posted on its EAS Test Reporting System web page.

“Please know we will continue to accept Form One filings that are submitted in ETRS after the August 28 deadline. We ask all EAS Participants to file Form One as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation.”

As broadcasters should be aware by now,  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in collaboration with the FCC, will conduct its third nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System at 2:20 p.m., Eastern Time on September 27.  If weather or other conditions that require rescheduling, the backup is Oct. 4.

All EAS participants, which includes most broadcast stations, were supposed to complete the 2017 ETRS Form One by August 28 for each of its EAS decoders, encoders or combo boxes., and should do so as soon as possible.

On test day, you must then file “day of test” info on Form Two; and the Form Three needs to be completed by Nov. 13.

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