Emergency Alert System

State EAS Chair:
Mark Manuelian
WGBH
617 300-2026

mark_manuelian@wgbh.org 

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


National EAS Test

The next national EAS test has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 11 at 2:20pm.  Stations are required to file three separate reports with the FCC ETRS web site.

Notice of the National Test and reporting requirements  DA-21-680A1.pdf (fcc.gov)

The Test

  • The primary test date is scheduled for Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at 2:20 p.m. EDT. If conditions on the day of the test require the rescheduling of the test, a secondary test date is scheduled for the same time on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. The test message will clearly state that the alert is only a test.

Filing Requirements

  • The ETRS is available to accept filings in connection with the 2021 nationwide test. Pursuant to Section 11.61 of the Commission’s rules, EAS Participants must renew their identifying information required by ETRS Form One on a yearly basis.
  • Accordingly, all EAS Participants must complete the 2021 ETRS Form One on or before July 6, 2021.
  • On or before August 12, 2021, EAS Participants must file “day of test” information sought by ETRS Form Two.
  • On or before September 27, 2021, EAS Participants must file the detailed post-test data sought by ETRS Form Three.
  • ETRS Forms Two and Three will become available in the ETRS at the time of initiation of the 2021 nationwide test

 

EAS Handbook (2021)

A new version of the EAS Handbook for 2021 has been released by the FCC.  This new version must be posted in place of the prior version.  The handbook “summarizes the actions to be taken by personnel at EAS Participant facilities upon receipt of an EAN, tests, or State and Local Area alerts.  Questions about the EAS test can be directed to the FCC’s Christina Clearwater at christina.clearwater@fcc.gov.

 

Massachusetts Operational Areas

 

MEMA

Op Area

Geo Area Primary Assignment Secondary Assignment Optional

Assignment

Local Primary 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

 

2021 WBZ-FM EAS Required Monthly Test Schedule:

2021 WBZ FM EAS RMT Schedule
MonthDayTime
January1/5/202110A - 12NN or 1P - 3P
February2/2/202112MN - 4A
March3/2/202110A - 12NN or 1P - 3P
April4/6/202112MN - 4A
May5/4/202110A - 12NN or 1P - 3P
June6/8/202112MN - 4A
July7/6/202110A - 12NN or 1P - 3P
August8/3/202112MN - 4A
September9/7/202110A - 12NN or 1P - 3P
October10/5/202112MN - 4A
November11/2/202110A - 12NN or 1P - 3P
December12/7/202112MN - 4A
January1/4/202210A - 12NN or 1P - 3P

RMT is generated by WBZ-FM 98.5mHz