• Stations Should Confirm Final National Emergency Alert System Test Results Were Reported
  • May 31, 2012
  • Law Firm: Lerman Senter PLLC - Washington Office
  • The Federal Communications Commission conducted its first national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) in November 2011.  That test required broadcasters and other EAS participants to transmit a national EAS test message to the general public and provide information regarding the participant’s performance during the test.  The final results of each participant’s test experience was to be reported to the FCC not later than December 27, 2011; the FCC has recently indicated that not all participants met this deadline.  Because test performance results are not publicly available, it is difficult to confirm whether an individual participant satisfied the reporting requirements.

    The FCC is continuing to accept late filed paper reports in order to have a complete picture of the test results.  To date, no forfeitures have been issued for failure to file a test report and the FCC encourages filings to still be made.

    The final national EAS test report is to include the following information:

    Participant Information

    • Legal Name of the EAS participant.
    • The participant’s FCC Registration Number (FRN).
    • Whether the EAS participant is a broadcaster or a cable operator.
    • The Facility ID number and call sign of the broadcast station (as relevant).

    Transmitter Location Information

    • The latitude and longitude of the facility.

    System Specific Information

    • The entity’s EAS designation (e.g., State Primary, State Relay, Local Primary 1 (LP-1), Local Primary 2 (LP-2), Participating National (PN), or Non-Participating National (NN)).
    • The call sign of the station that the facility monitors for EAS messages.
    • The call sign of any alternate station(s) that the facility monitors for EAS messages.
    • The EAS equipment manufacturer and model number/software version used by the facility.

    System Performance Information

    • Whether the station received the emergency alert.
    • If the alert was received, whether the station was able to pass it on to all communities.
    • An explanation of the success or failure of receipt of the EAS, including any technical information on equipment performance.

    Date and Time Information

    • The date and time the EAS test message was received, with time zone designated.