Category: EAS and Amber Alerts

FCC Issues an EAS Enforcement Advisory

The Federal Communications Commission is reminding broadcasters and other EAS participants of their obligations to comply with the Emergency Alert System rules, including ensuring that alerts are accessible to persons with disabilities. “In reporting on the most recent national level test of the EAS, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau noted improvements in… read more

Congress Advances Bill Requiring Radio To Put Some EAS Alerts On Repeat

The lame duck session of Congress has delivered its first move that could directly impact radio. On a voice vote this week, the House passed the Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement Act or “READI Act” (H.R. 6096). It would, among other things, require radio and television stations to repeat alerts issued by the president, rather… read more

No National EAS/WEA Test This Year

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency response, FEMA will not conduct a national test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) this year. FEMA is moving the next national test of the system to 2021 out of consideration for the unusual circumstances and working conditions for those in the broadcast… read more

Latest National EAS Test Results Released

The Federal Communications Commission has released a public notice (here) reporting the results of the 2019 Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System, which took place August 7.  The notice indicates that more than 84% of radio broadcasters successfully received the National Periodic Test alert, and then 82.5% of those retransmitted the code, averaging slightly… read more

Mixed Results on National EAS Test

Last week’s National Periodic Test (NPT) of the Emergency Alert System drew mixed results from around the country.  This was the first test that completely relied on the daisy-chain approach and not IPAWS/Internet delivery of the test.  Barry Mishkind’s BDR Newsletter reported: 1. The test did not reach some areas and states. Florida generally missed… read more