FCC, NAB, SBE Provide More EAS Materials
Oct 14, 2011 2:48 PM
Washington and Indianapolis - Oct 12, 2011 - The Nov. 9, 2011, National EAS test is less than one month away, and more information and resources are being made available. Radio magazine recently reported on FEMA releasing its Best Practices Guide. Following a meeting at the FCC on Oct. 12, it was announced that the FCC will publish a National EAS Test Day Operations Handbook with specific instructions for the test. The special handbook procedures supersede the existing EAS Handbook stations already have (or should have) on hand. The FCC will make the special handbook available to all stations.
The FCC also launched a National EAS Test website, which has PSAs about the national test in English and Spanish in additional to other information.
Once the test is complete, broadcasters have 45 days to report their test results to the FCC. Because that 45-day date is Dec. 24, the FCC will extend the deadline to Dec. 27. The reporting site and details should be online later this month.
The guide includes details on configuring several popular models of EAS equipment to properly relay the Nov. 9 national test....
The final webinar before the Nov. 9 national test will review all the details and discuss the EAS Best Practices Guide....