FEMA and the FCC has scheduled the National Periodic Test (NPT) for Wednesday August 11th, 2021 at 2:20 EDT.
First each station must register with the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) by July 6th, 2021. By this date stations must complete “2021 ETRS Form One” setting out information about each station’s EAS decoders, encoders, or combined units. ETRS is the system that reports on the results of the EAS tests. Test results will need to be filed on Form Two in ETRS on August 11 or 12, with more detailed information about the results of the test to be submitted in a Form Three by September 27, 2021.
The test itself will distributed via the Primary Entry Point (PEP) system and will not be available via the IPAWS network. This test will be conducted using the over-the-air “daisy-chain” system, where the message is passed from station to station based on monitoring assignments set out in each station’s statewide EAS plan. Engineers should review their EAS operations to insure you are monitoring the correct “two legacy EAS sources” as assigned by the State Emergency Communication Committee (SECC). Listen to the audio from both sources on your EAS unit to make sure the audio is at the correct level and broadcast quality (no crosstalk, noise, or hum). Review your station logs (which you are required to do weekly) to make sure you are receiving Required Weekly Test (RWT) from both sources. Verify the clock is correct and locked to a national time server. In addition, ensure that EAS equipment has the NPT code loaded in the incoming filter section and set up to receive and process the NPT code, with the “six zeroes” national location code, and otherwise operate in compliance with the Commission rules. Also verify that the EAS equipment is operating with most up to date firmware. Contact your equipment vendor if you are not sure about the firmware version.
Watch the video on ETRS form one here