New EAS Handbook and National EAS Test deadlines

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... Read More.

ETRS Form 1 due today – ahead of 9/20 EAS test

The next national test of the Emergency Alert System is scheduled for September 20, 2018 at 2:20 p.m. (EDT). All broadcasters that participate in EAS are required to participate in this test. The EAS alert will be transmitted in English and Spanish... Read More.

FCC launches EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS)

Deadline to complete Form One is August 26 On June 27, the Federal Communication Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau provided notice to all Emergency Alert System participants that the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS)... Read More.

MA stations fare well during FEMA EAS test

A survey of Massachusetts licensed radio and television broadcasters following the September 16 FEMA Regional EAS test suggests that the majority of broadcast stations in the Commonwealth received and forwarded the "NPT" code test without incident. The... Read More.

MA to participate in regional EAS test

New England states will be participating in a voluntary test of the Emergency Alert System this fall.  The test will send a National Periodic Test (NPT) message through IPAWS. The test, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),... Read More.