Puerto Rico Gets Approval for Sept. 12 Emergency Alerting Test
Monday, September 10, 2018 | Comments

The FCC granted a limited waiver of its emergency alert system (EAS) and wireless emergency alert (WEA) rules to permit EAS participants and participating commercial mobile service (CMS) providers to participate in a test to be conducted by the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Bureau (PREMB). This test will be a combined live EAS and end-to-end WEA test, scheduled for Sept. 12, with a backup date of Sept. 13.

The FCC granted the PREMB request, subject to certain conditions.

According to PREMB’s request, since the two major hurricanes in 2017 severely damaged the island’s communications, Puerto Rico has been rebuilding its communications. The FCC said the proposed test of the EAS and WEA will help educate and prepare the public and will help the PREMB to determine the readiness and effectiveness of Puerto Rico’s public warning system, plans and infrastructure as it prepares for the peak of the 2018 hurricane season.

The FCC also said that participation in the Sept. 12 test will help wireless providers in Puerto Rico prepare for the nationwide test that will be conducted eight days later. The commission conditioned the waiver on the full implementation of the outreach plan described in the PREMB letter, including outreach to the public, press and relevant government agencies, and making clear that members of the public may receive multiple test messages.

The full order is here.

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