Stations Should Be Aware of Sept. 28 EAS Test Requirements

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The PRSS has received comments and questions from station personnel about the upcoming EAS test on September 28, 2016. We want to clarify one important point that appears to be raising confusion: The SR2000pro receivers that some stations use for the Squawk Channel and the Emergency Action Notification (EAN) system *will not* pick up the EAS message to be transmitted on Sept. 28. The EAN and the EAS are two distinct entities, and some stations are under the impression that their SR2000pro receivers will suffice for the EAS test. In order to receive the EAS test message on September 28, stations must use their ENDEC boxes from manufacturers that include Sage, Digital Alert Systems and Gorman-Redlich.

All public radio and television licensees are required to participate in the EAS test, which will be conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the FCC. The nationwide test is intended to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS, with a particular emphasis on testing FEMA's Integrated Public Alert and Warning System. All PRSS stations were required to register with the FCC's EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) and complete the filing of ETRS Form One by Friday, August 26, 2016.

A webinar, hosted by NPR, America's Public Television Stations (APTS) and the FCC's Homeland Security and Public Safety Bureau, provided details, guidance and the opportunity for stations to ask questions about the test. To view an archived copy of the webinar, please visit the NPR Member Stations site (requires registration and log-in), at https://www.nprstations.org/nationalaffairs/archives.cfm.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the PRSS Help Desk at 800.971.7677 or prsshelp@npr.org.

 

Posted: September 20, 2016