Nationwide EAS Test Scheduled for August 11, 2021

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has informed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it plans to conduct the next nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on August 11, 2021. They also plan to conduct a nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test simultaneously. FEMA added that, in the event the test may interfere with actual alerting needs on August 11, the backup date for the test will be August 25, 2021. The test scheduled for 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the upcoming test is expected to be similar to the test that occurred in 2019. Broadcasters should watch for further instructions from the FCC in the coming weeks about the test reports that EAS Participants will be required to submit before and after the national test is conducted. That information helps the government determine whether problems are linked to specific types of equipment or if certain geographic areas do not have adequate alerting coverage.
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