The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a public notice outlining the upcoming nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), as well as mandatory registration and reporting deadlines for each EAS Participant.
The national test is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on September 28, 2016. (A secondary test date is October 5, 2016, “if neccessary”). EAS Participants must be prepared to take part in a test on both the primary and alternate test dates. All EAS Participants are required to participate in this nationwide test.
This test will use the National Periodic Test (NPT) code, the location code for “All of United States.” FIPS number: 000000; and will be issued via FEMA Open IPAWS.
The results of the nationwide EAS test will be captured and analyzed using the new EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS).
1) All EAS Participants are reminded that they are required to register with ETRS and must complete the filing of ETRS Form One on or before August 26, 2016.
2) EAS Participants shall file the “day of test” information sought by ETRS Form Two before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on September 28, 2016. This is the same day as the national test.
3) EAS Participants shall file the detailed post-test data sought by ETRS Form Three on or before November 14, 2016.
The FCC public notice also encourages EAS Participants to take steps to prepare for the test. The public notice is available here.