Next Regional EAS Test This Week

By on Feb, 20 2016 with Comments 0

EASThe next regional EAS test using the National Periodic Test event code is set for this week and involves 25 areas.

FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System will generate the message and geo-target it to these areas: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Virginia.

The test date is this Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 2:20 p.m. While this is a voluntary regional test, the point is to give stations a chance to confirm their EAS encoder/decoder is configured to receive and pass-on the alert, and if not, fix the problem (with no station penalties from the FCC) before the mandatory test in December.

FEMA has been organizing the test in coordination with state broadcaster associations and state emergency management agencies.

About The Author: Leslie Stimson has been a reporter for 35+ years, starting in radio news. She’s spent the last 20 years reporting for radio trades.

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