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NATIONAL EAS TEST ON SEP. 28TH: ARE YOU PREPARED?

With the National EAS Test set for September 18th, the NBA is providing these reminders to make sure all member stations are prepared:

 

* Make sure that the ETRS Form One is completed (August 26th was the deadline).


* Make sure that your EAS device has NPT set to Forward Immediately and that you have the 000000 code included in your Alert Location list.

* Monitor your normal Monday morning IPAWS CAP RWT's to make sure that your EAS device is connected to the CAP server. 

 

* Make sure everyone in the station knows about the test at 1:10 PM CDT on September 28th.  It is possible you will get calls from listeners/viewers.

* Let the test run its course. The FEMA equipment used in the first national test has been completely replaced and the recent NPT test was conducted on the new equipment. If the NPT test this spring worked, this one should as well.

* After the test has run, log into the ETRS database and fill out Form 2 before 11:00 PM CDT the night of the test.  If you cannot get into the FCC website just keep trying.  Every station in the country is under the same 9-hour deadline. There are only two questions on Form 2: “Did you receive the test?” and  “Did you forward the test?”

* Prior to November 14th, 2016 you must go back into the ETRS database and complete Form 3.  This will be a more detailed questionnaire, but its contents are unknown at this time.

* Should the NPT be postponed for any reason, the make-up date is October 5th.

 

Contact Jim Timm at jim@ne-ba.org for a copy of the FCC guidance for the test if needed.

The NBA thanks SECC Chair Rod Zeigler for his assistance in providing you with this information.