State EAS Plan

Preparing for the National      EAS Test

EAS LOGO - 7-27-2021

General Managers should share this with their Engineering Departments to ensure your station is ready for the test.

The National EAS Test (NPT) is scheduled for August 11, 2021.

All Radio and Television stations should make sure their EAS equipment is configured correctly to receive and relay this test at 2:20 PM EDT (1:20 PM CDT). Verify the following:

1.  Make sure EAS equipment has the latest firmware. Sage Endec (95.00), DasDec (version 3 or 4) Gorman-Redlich (Radio version 9.80.0.2 and TV V20.9.12)

2.  The two legacy EAS monitor sources comply with State EAS plan monitor assignments and have clean audio at the required audio level

3.  Incoming filter for NPT set up correctly

4.  Qualified personnel on duty to monitor the reception and relay of the test

A reminder that the test will not be fed over the IPAWS network, only via the PEP system, relayed by the LP-1 and LP-2 stations in your area.

Also, as a reminder, FEMA will be updating the Security Certificate for IPAWS data on August 21st, 2021. All stations must upload the new security patch to their EAS equipment. Contact your State Emergency Communications Committee or equipment manufacture for download instructions.

If you fail to install the security update by August 21st, your EAS units will no longer process alerts or tests from IPAWS, which will render your equipment "non-compliant" with current FCC rules.

Emergency Alert System (EAS)

Common Acronyms

CAP Common Alerting Protocol
COG Collaborative Operating Group
EAN Emergency Action Notification
EAS Emergency Alert System
FCC Federal Communications Commission
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FIPS Federal Information Processing Standard
IPAWS Integrated Public Alert & Warning System
LECC Local Emergency Communications Committee
NCMEC National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
NOAA National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
NWS National Weather Service
SECC State Emergency Communications Committee
SP/SR State Primary/State Relay Network
WEA Wireless Emergency Alerts

 

State EAS Plan
2021 Monthly EAS Test Schedule