A national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time this Wednesday, September 28, 2016. A secondary test date is October 5, 2016, “if necessary.”
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 FCC encourages EAS Participants to take steps to prepare for the test. The public notice is available here.
IMPORTANT NATIONAL TEST REPORTING DEADLINES
1) 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.
Form Two will be available online immediately after the test concludes.
The following information was presented at the NAB Radio Show on September 21, 2016:
To get to ETRS Form Two, stations should go to the ETRS home page and login. Once logged in, click on the records tab at the top of the page:
On the next screen, click on EAS Test Records:
On the next screen, click on the EAS Test Record corresponding to the September 28 test:
On the next screen, click on Submit Form 2 at the top of the screen:
Form Two just has two questions:
That’s it. Repeat again for all facilities you have registered with ERTS.
2) ETRS Form Three must be filed on or before November 14, 2016.
Use the same procedure as above, but navigate to Form Three instead of Form Two.
Form Three has three pages asking for more detailed information. Most importantly if you received the EAS message, from what source, and from which source you first received the EAS message:
More information requested on the second page regarding the first message:
Finally, on page three, some questions regarding quality and/or difficulties.
Repeat as necessary for all facilities registered with ETRS.