Nationwide EAS Test Scheduled for Aug. 7
Monday, June 03, 2019 | Comments

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the FCC, will conduct a nationwide test of the emergency alert system (EAS) Aug. 7 at 2:20 p.m. EDT, with a backup date of Aug. 21.

In addition, the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) is open and accepting 2019 filings. All EAS participants must renew their identifying information in ETRS Form One by July 3.

The test message will clearly state that the alert is only a test of the EAS. All EAS participants are required to participate in this nationwide test.

Unlike in recent years, the 2019 nationwide test will only be disseminated using a hierarchical, broadcast-based distribution system, otherwise known as the “daisy chain.” Because the test will be disseminated in this manner, FEMA indicates that “full message text and multilingual messaging will not be available.”

According to FEMA, “[t]he intent of conducting the test in this fashion is to determine the capability of the [EAS] to deliver messages to the public in the event that dissemination via internet is not available.” Testing the daisy chain will allow the FCC and FEMA to assess whether the national EAS would perform as designed, if activated, and help to ensure the reliability and effectiveness of broadcast- based alerting as a failsafe to our national emergency communications infrastructure.

Members of the public and interested stakeholder organizations that are in a position to observe test results in their communities can provide feedback on the nationwide test, including any problems observed or any complications in the delivery of the EAS message during the nationwide test by reporting their observations to the Public Safety Support Center.

The full FCC public notice is here.

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