Although the MAB has advised its members in Michigan, FEMA and the FCC issued a joint release on July 24, regarding the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 2:20 p.m. Eastern Time.  The nationwide test will be sent to radio and television stations through FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System and will originate through Primary Entry Point (PEP) stations.

This year’s test will evaluate the readiness of the national alerting capability in the absence of internet connectivity. The test will be approximately one minute long, have a limited impact on the public with only minor interruption of radio and television programs, and will be similar to regular monthly EAS tests. Both the audio message and text crawl should be accessible to people with disabilities.

The release notes that all other radio and television stations, cable, wireline service providers, and direct broadcast satellite service providers should subsequently receive and broadcast the test message.

The test will not include a message on cell phones via Wireless Emergency Alerts.

EAS participants should have already filled out the required Form One on the ERTS website.  Stations will be required to fill out the post-test Form Two before midnight the day of the test.  On or before September 23, 2019, EAS Participants must file the detailed post-test data sought by ETRS Form Three, though many participants fill out both Form Two and Three at the same time.

In the event the August 7 test is postponed, the secondary date is Wednesday, August 21, 2019.  If you have any questions, please contact Dan Kelley at the MAB: [email protected] or 800.968.7622.

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