Emergency Alert System

State EAS Chair:
Mark Manuelian
CBS Radio
617-787-7000
mmanuelian@cbs.com

EAS Rules
FEMA’s IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System) page

National EAS Test

The next national test of the EAS system will take place on Wednesday, September 27 at 2:20PM.

Broadcasters must update their EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) information. ETRS Form One information must be updated by August 28.

Stations must also post the updated version of the EAS handbook. The handbook must be “located at normal duty positions or EAS equipment locations and [be] immediately available to operators.”

After the test on September 27, stations will have until 11:59PM to enter their Form Two “day of test” information and November 13 to enter more detailed Form Three information.

The EAS Handbook and FCC Public Notice can be downloaded below. Questions about the EAS test can be directed to the FCC’s Austin Randazzo (austin.randazzo@fcc.gov) or Gregory Cooke (gregory.cooke@fcc.gov).

Massachusetts Operational Areas

 

MEMA

Op Area

Geo Area Primary Assignment Secondary Assignment Optional

Assignment

Local Primay Monitors
OA-1 Berkshire WBEC-FM WHYN-FM NOAA (Albany) WHYN-FM, Albany Station, NOAA(Albany)
OA-2

 

Connecticut Valley WHYN-FM WSRS-FM NOAA WSRS-FM, WBZ-AM, NOAA
OA-3 Central Massachusetts WSRS-FM WBZ-AM or WBZ-FM NOAA WBZ-AM & WBZ-FM, NOAA
OA-4 Merrimac Valley WEEI-FM WBZ-AM or WBZ-FM NOAA WBZ-AM & WBZ-FM, NOAA
OA-5

 

Metro Boston WBZ-AM WBZ-FM NOAA WBZ(AM or FM), NOAA
OA-6 Southeast Massachusetts WPLM-FM WBZ-AM or WBZ-FM NOAA WBZ-AM AND WBZ-FM, NOAA
OA-7

 

Cape and Islands WQRC-FM WPLM-FM NOAA WPLM-FM, WBZ-AM or WBZ-FM, NOAA

OA Map

Configuring your EAS device to handle NPT codes

IPAWS_video_still_smallTutorials to program your EAS device to handle the National Periodic Test (NPT) code:

Sage

Digital Alert Systems

Monroe Electronics

Gorman-Redlich

TFT

Trilithic

 2017 WBZ-FM EAS Required Monthly Test Schedule:

Month Day Time
January 1/3/2017 10A – 12NN or 1P – 3P
February 2/7/2017 12MN – 4A
March 3/7/2017 10A – 12NN or 1P – 3P
April 4/4/2017 12MN – 4A
May 5/2/2017 10A – 12NN or 1P – 3P
June 6/6/2017 12MN – 4A
July 7/4/2017 10A – 12NN or 1P – 3P
August 8/1/2017 12MN – 4A
September 9/5/2017 10A – 12NN or 1P – 3P
October 10/3/2017 12MN – 4A
November 11/7/2017 10A – 12NN or 1P – 3P
December 12/5/2017 12MN – 4A
January 1/2/2018 10A – 12NN or 1P – 3P

 

RMT is generated by WBZ-FM 98.5mHz

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