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:
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.