2019 National EAS Test
The FCC and FEMA have scheduled the next nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) for August 7, 2019 at 11:20 am (Arizona time). This is a REQUIRED TEST for every licensed radio and TV station in the state.
This year’s test will differ from previous nationwide tests in that it won’t use IPAWS (the new internet delivery system for EAS messages). Instead, it will be issued through the National Public Warning System, composed of FEMA-designated Primary Entry Point facilities, to test the readiness of the EAS to function in the absence of Internet connectivity. In Arizona, Primary Entry Point messages can be received over-the-air from radio stations KFLT in Tucson, KJZZ in Phoenix or via any satellite Sirius/XM device (on all channels).
There are some regulatory obligations for each station, including filing an FCC form BEFORE the test date, no later than July 3, 2019.
Stations will also be required to file a day of test form and a post-test form.
This test will once again place a bright spotlight by the government on radio and TV stations, and any failures in receiving and relaying the national test may be laid at the feet of broadcasters. If you have questions or concerns, let us know.
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