The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in collaboration with the FCC, will conduct a nationwide test of the emergency alert system (EAS) September 28th at 1420 hrs (2:20 P/M) EST. A secondary test date is scheduled for October 05 if necessary.
EAS participants must be prepared – and are required – to
participate in a test on both the primary and alternate test dates. The test is
the second nationwide test of the EAS following the first nationwide test in
The nationwide test will assess the reliability and
effectiveness of the EAS, with a particular emphasis on testing FEMA’s
Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), the integrated gateway
through which common alerting protocol (CAP)-based EAS alerts are disseminated
to EAS participants. The test message will clearly state that the alert is only
a test of the EAS. FEMA’s alert will be transmitted in English and Spanish and
include both audio and the text of the test message, which can be used to
populate an accessible video crawl.
These improvements will help ensure all members of the
public, including non-English speakers and individuals with disabilities, will
receive emergency information, an FCC public notice said. The test will provide
an opportunity to evaluate this and other measures that the FCC has adopted to
address issues identified in connection with the 2011 nationwide EAS test.