Are You Ready for The National EAS Test?

Posted on August 30th, 2023 by

After the Labor Day weekend, we will be on the downslope to the National EAS Test scheduled for October 4, 2023.  By September 15, 2023, all non-exempt broadcast stations should have filed or updated their ETRS Form One with the required information about station location, monitored stations, EAS equipment and day-of-test responsible party.  Double check phone numbers and email addresses in the event the FCC or FEMA should reach out as part of test preparation or operations.

The actual test is slated for October 4, 2023 at 2:20 pm EDT.  ETRS Form 2 reporting test receipt and retransmit information must be filed on or before October 5, 2023.  ETRS Form 3 must be filed no later than November 20, 2023 to report any test anomalies or difficulties.  Forms 1, 2 and 3 can be accessed and completed in the ETRS System at this link using a CORES Username.  In the event that the scheduled Oct 4th test must be rescheduled due to conditions or events, the fall back date is October 11, 2023 at the same time.

All EAS Participants – including Low Power FM stations (LPFM), Class D non-commercial educational FM stations, and EAS Participants that are silent pursuant to a grant of Special Temporary Authority – are required to register and file the required forms in ETRS, with the following exceptions (1) analog/digital TV translator stations; (2) FM broadcast booster and FM translator stations entirely rebroadcasting other FM stations, and (3) analog/digital full power stations operating as satellites or repeaters of a hub station (or common studio or control point) and rebroadcast 100 percent of the programming of the hub station or common studio/control point).