Feds Issue National EAS Test Details
August 24, 2011
WASHINGTON: The Federal Communications Commission has
released more information regarding the first nationwide test of the Emergency
Alert System. The test is scheduled to take place Nov. 9, 2011, at 2 p.m. EST.
It will include a transmission by the Federal Emergency Management Agency of a
live Emergency Action Notification code to all EAS participants, and a notice
to the general public regarding the test of the national system.
The test will conclude with transmission of the End Of Message code rather than
the Emergency Action Termination code. The use of the EOM code instead of the
EAT code during the national test will not require broadcasters and
cable providers to reconfigure their EAS encoders and decoders, the FCC said.
The location code for the EAS test will be the code for Washington, D.C. The FCC
said its understanding is that most EAS encoders and decoders will
automatically forward the EAN with the Washington, D.C. location code and will
not require further configuration. The agency said that those uncertain if
their device would forward an EAN code should contact the manufacturer, or
FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Office at
The FCC and FEMA, along with broadcasters and cable providers, are said to be engaged
in outreach efforts aimed at informing the general public that the event is
indeed a test.
It will last approximately three minutes.