FCC Pushes Better Location Accuracy in Upcoming August 7, 2019 Nationwide EAS Test

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The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) has released a Public Notice providing guidance on actions Emergency Alert System (EAS) Participants can take to improve the accuracy of reporting in the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) after the conclusion of the nationwide EAS test scheduled for 2:20 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.  In the aftermath of a nationwide EAS test conducted in 2018, the Bureau identified several problems that affected the accuracy of reporting in ETRS. Next month’s EAS test will be disseminated using a hierarchical, broadcast-based distribution system, otherwise known as a “daisy chain.” In order to adequately prepare for the upcoming EAS test, the Bureau is recommending that EAS Participants take certain actions prior to the test date, including: (1) reviewing their State EAS Plan; (2) working with State Emergency Communications Committee to make sure they will receive a good signal; (3) correctly identifying their EAS Designation (i.e., their function within the EAS); and (4) ensuring that their EAS equipment is in good working order. In the event it is postponed by the FCC or FEMA, the backup date for the nationwide EAS test will be Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

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