National EAS Test Sept. 28

All radio and TV stations that participate in the EAS system are expected to take part in a national EAS test that is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28 at 2:20 p.m.

Stations are expected to use the FCC’s new EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) to file “Form Two” within 24 hours of the test. “Form Three,” asking for more detailed reporting, including any test complications, must be completed within 45 days following the test.  A handy guide for filling out the forms is available here.

A new EAS Handbook was issued August 19. A copy of the Handbook must be located at normal duty positions or EAS equipment locations when an operator is required to be on duty and be immediately available to staff responsible for administering EAS tests.

The FCC ETRS site can be accessed here. The FCC’s Public Notice, released June 27, is available here. The FCC’s instructions on how to use the ETRS, including screenshots of the new system, was issued in April and is available here.