EAS Resources

Public Notices Regarding EAS


By this Public Notice, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) provides initial information about the format and features of the new Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test Reporting System (ETRS) that the Commission will officially launch later this year in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) nationwide test of the EAS.

As described in this Public Notice, the ETRS is designed to increase the reliability and value proposition of the EAS, while minimizing reporting burdens on EAS Participants. The ETRS will be able to accurately chart what happened in a particular test, as well as allow state alert originators and SECCs to understand ahead of time how an alert will propagate through a particular state, thus identifying potential single points of failure, poor transmission paths, and coverage gaps before they can potentially cause a system failure.



In this Third Report and Order, we amend our Part 11 rules governing the Emergency Alert System (EAS) to provide for national testing and collection of data from such tests. Specifically, we:

  • Require all EAS Participants to participate in national EAS tests as scheduled by the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) in consultation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA);
  • Require that the first national EAS test use the Emergency Alert Notification (EAN), the live event code for nationwide Presidential alerts;
  • Require that the national test replace the monthly and weekly EAS tests in the month and week in which it is held;
  • Require the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) to provide at least two months’ public notice prior to any national test of the EAS;
  • Require EAS Participants to submit test-related data to the Bureau within 45 days following a national EAS test;
  • Require that test data received from EAS Participants be treated as presumptively confidential, but allow test data to be shared on a confidential basis with other Federal agencies and state governmental emergency management agencies that have confidentiality protection at least equal to that provided by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); and
  • Delegate authority to the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to determine, in consultation with FEMA and with other EAS stakeholders, as appropriate, various administrative procedures for national tests, including location codes to be used and pretest outreach.



On November 9, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time1 (EST), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The purpose of the test is to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS as a way to alert the public of national emergencies.