The next National EAS test is scheduled for Thursday, 9/20/18 at 1:20 PM CT as well as the FCC mandated filing of an ETRS report. This test is different in that it will be sent right behind a Wireless Emergency Alert test message at 1:18 PM CT. The EAS message will be disseminated via the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).
Check your station logs (which should be checked once each week by the chief operator) to ensure you are receiving the Required Weekly Test (RWT) from IPAWS. This RWT is fed every Monday at 11:00 a.m. local time. Contact your equipment representative for details on setting up your EAS decoder to properly receive and relay the National test.
You are required to register with the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS), if you haven’t already and then complete the filing of ETRS Form One on or before Aug. 27, 2018. Then on or before 11:59 p.m. EDT, Sept. 20, 2018, EAS participants must file the day-of-test information sought by ETRS Form Two. On or before Nov. 5, 2018, EAS participants must file the detailed post-test data sought by ETRS Form Three.
Filers can access ETRS by visiting the ETRS page of the Commission’s website at www.fcc.gov/general/eas-test-reporting-system. Instructional videos regarding registration and completion of the ETRS Forms are available on the ETRS page.
Who has to file: All Full power stations, Class A stations and LPTV running unique programming with EAS.
Exempt from filing: Full Power satellite stations and Low power translators rebroadcasting a parent stations.