FEMA, FCC Release Results of 2019 Nationwide Emergency Alert Test
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 | Comments

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the FCC, released initial results of the nationwide emergency alert system (EAS) test Aug. 7.

FEMA disseminated the live test using the hierarchical, broadcast-based distribution system, otherwise known as the “daisy chain,” to assess whether the national EAS would perform as designed, if activated, and to help to ensure the reliability and effectiveness of broadcast-based alerting as a failsafe to the national emergency communications infrastructure. All EAS participants were required to participate in the nationwide test.

Initial test data indicate that the majority of EAS participants successfully received and retransmitted the national periodic test (NPT) code used for the test. More than 19,600 radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, IPTV providers, wireline video systems and other EAS participants in all 50 states and territories filed receipt and retransmission results after the nationwide EAS test. Following are the results:
• 84.3% of test participants successfully received the test alert.
• Of the test participants that reported successfully receiving the test alert, 49% reported monitoring three or more over-the-air sources.
• 81.5% of test participants successfully retransmitted the test alert.
• 69% of test participants reported no complications in receiving the test alert, and 12.2% of test participants reported audio quality issues with receipt.
• 74.4% of test participants reported no complications in retransmitting the test alert, and 6.9% of test participants reported “other” issues with retransmission.

The two federal agencies will continue to analyze the results of the 2019 nationwide EAS test and release more detailed findings when available, the public notice said. The full notice is here.

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