Reminder: National EAS Test on Wednesday!

EAS_op_handbook_small (September 26, 2016) – At 2:20 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 virtually every American radio and TV station, and cable television channel, will be briefly interrupted during the second-ever National test of the Emergency Alert System.

Operationally this test will sound like most others and only interrupt programming for 60-90 seconds.  Unlike most weekly or monthly tests that originate locally, this one will originate from a FEMA facility somewhere near Washington, D.C.

For some months the FCC has reminded broadcasters of the software upgrades they needed to make.  They must also have a copy of the new EAS Operating Handbook at each station control point.

Stations are required to complete Form Two in the new online EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) by 11:50 p.m. local time on Wednesday night.  Final station reports are to be filed in Form Three on or before November 14, 2016.  Complete details on the test are available here.

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